Synchotron X-ray facilities are usually big and expensive. For example, the UK's Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility is half a kilometer in circumference and cost £263 million to build.
Two strains of the mosquito responsible for most malaria transmission in Africa are evolving into different species, meaning that techniques to control them may work on one type but not the other.
Canada's McGill University Health Centre has hosted the world's first operation and anesthesia to be carried out entirely by robots.
Scientists have captured direct images of the long-theorized but never before seen magnetic monopoles.
Monopoles - magnets which have just a single pole - were theoretically conceived by the British-Swiss physicist Paul Dirac, who showed in the 1930s that their existence is consistent with quantum theory.
Cancer is a modern disease caused by factors such as pollution and diet, a study of ancient human remains has indicated.
Physicists at the University of California have taken a major step towards developing a "spin computer" by successfully tunneling "spin injection" into graphene.
New research suggests when a pitcher appears to make a curveball suddenly break or a fastball rise, it's nothing but an optical illusion.
A Stanford University team has developed a new water purifier based on nanomaterials that could cut costs for clean drinking water dramatically.
A study of Facebook apps has shown that people are more likely to buy a product if it's already very popular - but that a clear winner that doesn't reach a certain popularity threshold won't benefit from this effect.
Some bacteria grow electrical hair that lets them link up in big biological circuits, possibly communicating and sharing energy.
Berkeley Bionics has launched a bionic exoskeleton aimed at civilian use, aimed at helping paraplegics walk again.
Chemists at Vanderbilt University have created a new type of liquid crystals with unique electrical properties that they say could revolutionize digital displays.
Seeding the oceans with iron to combat global warming might be ineffective as well as risky, it seems.
No, this hot video isn't about a bikini-clad stripper coming over to fix the cable. But it still is causing quite a stir on YouTube.
Two Russian scientists have won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their work developing graphene.
You may feel that your mirror already gives you more information than you really want first thing in the morning.
Doctors may soon be able to remotely monitor cardiac activity by simply implanting a micro-electromechanical sensor in post-surgery heart patients.
People are happiest at home, and most miserable at work - that's the conclusion of a new study which tracks people’s emotional behaviour through their mobile phones.
One of the biggest problems in cataloguing species is being able to tell whether a specimen is actually new or not. This week, for example, a sea eagle that had been believed to belong to a new species was discovered to be simply a variant on a known type.
NASA pilots have successfully flown an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft through the eye of several hurricanes.