Well-preserved fossils could be earliest human ancestor

Researchers say they've discovered a 'missing link' - a hominid 1.8 million years old that may be our oldest direct human ancestor yet found.

The devastating effects of secondhand smoke

A new study has concluded that children exposed to tobacco smoke at home miss more time in school than those who live in smoke-free environments.

Microbes turn nuclear waste into electricity

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a new strain of a microbe which can efficiently clean up nuclear waste and other toxic metals while generating electricity.

Tank disguised by infra-red cloak

BAE Systems has tested an invisibility cloak that allows a vehicle to blend into its surroundings in the infra-red and other frequencies.

World’s largest fusion experiment restarts after upgrade

Last Friday, the JET fusion power project went back into operation after the installation of the 'ITER-Like Wall'.

Ancient humans interbred with other species

Our ancient human ancestors interbred with other early hominids as well as Neanderthals, new research indicates.       

This electric motor is made from a molecule



Scientist at Tufts University have developed a single molecule electric motor that measures a mere 1 nanometer across.

Team produces weird optical phenomena - and rewrites the rules of refraction

Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have induced light rays to behave in a way that defies the laws of reflection and refraction, while producing some weird fun-house images on the way.

'Star-Trek' sick bay detects diseases

British engineers have built a £1 million Star Trek-style 'sick bay' for the National Health Service, debuting at the Leicester Royal Infirmary's accident and emergency department.

Antibiotic resistance is thousands of years old

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are nothing new - they've been around for at least 30,000 years, say scientists at McMaster University.

Low-cost microscope uses holograms, not lenses

Researchers at UCLA have built a compact, light-weight, dual-mode microscope that uses holograms instead of lenses, and which they say is ideal for use in developing countries.

Team drills to the heart of San Andreas Fault

An international team of scientists and engineers has drilled down a mile and a half into the epicenter of an earthquake.

Chocolate makes for a healthy heart

Scoffing large amounts of chocolate could cut the risk of heart disease by a third, new research suggests.

Modded mosquitoes could help fight tropical disease

Scientists are currently attempting to control dengue fever, a tropical disease spread by mosquito bites, in many parts of the world.

Huge river found flowing beneath the Amazon

An enormous underground river has been reported flowing thousands of feet below the Amazon.

New evaluation determines world's most accurate clock

A caesium fountain clock that keeps the United Kingdom's atomic time is now the most accurate long-term timekeeper in the world, according to a new evaluation - twice as accurate as was previously believed.

Say hello to granny

Paleontologists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a creature that they say may be the ancestor of all placental mammals on Earth today.

Apes go ape before Washington quake

Animals at the Washington National Zoo started behaving oddly minutes before Tuesday's magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit.

A nice day to start a war?

The El Niño global climate cycle is triggering regular conflicts across the globe, new research suggests.

Report - exercise can help alleviate depression

Researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center have concluded that moderate and intensive exercise may be just as useful as prescribing a second drug for depressed patients.