Puffins search for optimal migration route

Puffins are funny looking, but appearances aren’t everything. It turns out that the funny little birds are smart enough to “scout out” their own migration routes.

New subatomic particle observed for first time

Collision Detector at Fermilabs (CDF) scientists have observed a new particle, the neutral Xi-sub-b.

Caltech 'soup' shows brainlike behavior

Caltech researchers have created the first artificial neural network from DNA - a circuit of interacting molecules that can recall memories based on incomplete patterns, just as a brain can.

Anti-smoking vaccine fails

For smokers hoping to quit, the idea of a quick fix in the form of a "magic" vaccine seemed almost too good to be true. No patches, no gross nicotine gum, just a shot.

Nepal plans new measurement of Mount Everest

Nepal's to carry out its own calculation of the height of Mount Everest, aiming to settle a long-running disagreement with China.

Research shows diamonds aren't forever

New research has shown that diamonds aren’t forever. Sorry ladies, the commercials are lying to you.

Team builds working 'temporal cloak'

A team at Cornell University has succeeded in actually building a 'temporal cloak' which makes events invisible.

Team develops tools to edit DNA

MIT and Harvard researchers say they can edit the genetic code of a living cell, allowing them to give cells new functions such as building proteins not found in nature, or engineering bacteria that are resistant to any viral infection.

Non-Africans really are part-Neanderthal, says team

New genetic research appears to confirm that the ancestors of modern non-Africans interbred with Neanderthals.

Sunken 1906 shipwreck found in Lake Ontario

In 1906, a Canadian schooner sailed Lake Ontario carrying 480 tons of coal. Unfortunately for the Queen of the Lakes, she would soon sink to the bottom, unseen for 105 years ...until  now.

Lizards may be smarter than you think

If you thought reptiles were some of the least intelligent creatures in the animal kingdom, well, you might want to reconsider.

Edison recording from 1888 may be 1st talking doll

There’s another invention being linked to the long dead innovator Thomas Edison. Scientists are now saying that he may have invented the first talking doll.

Pirate threat forces scientists to turn to Navy for help

Scientists are turning to the Australian and US navies to help protect them from Somali pirates in the western Indian ocean.

Google's replacing our memory, study finds

We've all suspected it, and apparently it's true: search engines such as Google are destroying our memory.

"Extinct" rainbow toad spotted after 87 years

This is something straight out of every scientist's sweetest dream. Yes, researchers recently found three living rainbow toads that were previously thought to be extinct in the jungles of Borneo.

Color TV helps you dream in color

Young people are much more likely to dream in color, Japanese researchers report - and one reason could be the spread of color television.

Wireless power cuts cord for heart pump patients

Researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have developed a way of powering heart pumps wirelessly.

Top US scientists warn against 'clear-cutting' research programs

As US policymakers debate cutting science spending, more than 140 scientific societies and universities have joined forces to urge US policymakers not to cut out entire programs.

US team creates 'atom' containing antimatter

Physicists at the University of California, Riverside say they've made what could be a big breakthrough in the understanding of antimatter.

Photos suggest fish are capable of using tools

Imagine diving in Austrlia's Great Barrier Reef only to see a fish...using a tool.