It looks as if, for one man at least, space is far from the final frontier. Richard Branson has turned his attention to the seas, and is planning to take a mini submarine to the deepest point of each of the world's five oceans.
A team, including DNA pioneer Craig Venter, says it may have discovered an entirely new domain of life.
Innsbruck physicists have set a world record, achieving controlled entanglement of 14 quantum bits (qubits) and thus creating the largest quantum register ever.
Automation company Festo has created a biomechatronic bird that can take off, fly and land simply by flapping its wings, with no other drive mechanism.
A new type of particle accelerator designed as a proof of concept has reached a major milestone, successfully delivering a speed of 18 MeV.
A British woman with locked-in syndrome has been able to conduct an orchestra using just the power of her thoughts.
It sounds too good to be true - but US scientists have developed a substance that they say can be sprayed onto suspected explosives to detect and completely neutralize them.
The US is complacent about its ability to cope with earthquakes, says the National Research Council, which has today released a 20-year road map for increasing resilience to quakes.
Worms and fish may be the key to helping people with injured nervous systems.
Engineers have developed a device that can detect single cancer cells in a blood sample.
China is set to overtake the US as the world's scientific 'superpower' as early as 2013, a major study from the UK's Royal Society has concluded.
Mice that are low on the totem pole have a tough life. It turns out that bullying has some measurable effects on the brain chemistry of mice.
A team of chemists has produced a device that they say can put out fires and could be used by firefighters as an alternative to water or foam.
The cars of the future could be made from pineapples or bananas, Brazilian scentists say.
Big earthquakes don't trigger others far away, a new study from the Royal Geographic Survey and the University of Texas has found.
Scientists are developing a new intelligence test that can be taken by any living creature. It will allow for comparison of intelligence between humans and animals.
Scientists believe they've found an answer to a puzzling gap in the electronic structures of some high-temperature superconductors - and that the answer could be a previously-undiscovered phase of matter.
While US personnel in Japan have been issued with supplies of potassium iodide in the event that they need treatment for radiation sickness, it's very much a last-ditch solution.
Geologists have embarked upon an ambitious project to drill through the earth's crust and extract a sample of the mantle.
The path to combining man with machine into a real cyborg may be a little bit clearer thanks to new scientific research.