Stephen Hawking rejects idea of afterlife

Physicist Stephen Hawking has described the idea of heaven as a 'fairy story'.

Paraplegic student walks to receive diploma

Fifteen thousand people cheered as graduating senior Austin Whitney walked up to UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau on Saturday for the university's commencement ceremony.

Team improves supercapacitor performance for better energy storage

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a greatly enhanced supercapacitor, improving energy storage in everything from energy grids and electric cars to consumer electronics.

'Sighted' wheelchair gets first test drive

A team at Sweden's Luleå University of Technology have developed an electric wheelchair that can 'see' for its user.

Internet access linked to prescription drug abuse

Improvements in internet access are leading to an increase in prescription drug abuse, as people find it easier to access rogue pharmacies online.

Study: Teenage alcohol use linked to computer use

A new study says teens that drink alcohol spend more time on their computers than their peers who don’t drink.

Swiss researcher shows natural breeding better than GMOs

A Swiss researcher has developed a new apple that is resistant to disease, appealing to the palate, and easy to grow, all without using genetic modification.

Do military dogs have titanium teeth?

Perusing the Google News headlines I came across the usual articles about mobile technology, websites, and apps, until I saw a headline that stood out: "Military dogs with titanium teeth take down Osama Bin Laden."

Scientists give computer schizophrenia

Researchers at Yale and the University of Texas say they've made a computer schizophrenic - causing it to claim responsibility for a terrorist incident.

Perceptions of justice built into the brain

A new study suggests that our brains have a built-in mechanism that causes an automatic reaction when we deal with someone who refuses to share.

'Happiness gene' identified

Scientists have for the first time discovered a 'happiness gene', which works by regulating the transport of serotonin in the brain.

Pirate-fighting robot aims to make the seas a safer place

This time two weeks ago, I was sitting in a rather delightful beach bar on the south coast of Sri Lanka with a bunch of chaps who were very generous with the beers.

DNA zip codes helps scientists track endangered sharks

With the popularity of shark fin soup in Asia, shark populations all over the globe are being threatened with slow extinction.

Ancient "Nutcracker Man" really ate grass - d'oh!

For decades, scientists have been under the impression that the remains of Paranthropus boisei, a human from 2.3 to 1.2 million year ago, subsisted primarily on nuts mostly because of his hearty jaw and flat molar teeth.

Digital technology can be romantic as well as practical

Artists and engineers have joined forces to show that digital technology can be both romantic and practical.

World's smallest atomic clock goes on sale

Well, it's certainly annoying when your wristwatch doesn't keep perfect time. But there's a solution - yes, the world's smallest atomic clock is now available commercially, for only $1,500.

World's smallest data memory: a single atom

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have created the world's smallest data memory, storing quantum information in a single atom.

First quantum twin atoms created

Physicists at the Vienna University of Technology have succeeded in creating correlated quantum twin atoms using ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates.

Stem cell research cleared for federal funding

Scientists have applauded a decision by the US Federal Court of Appeals to overturn an August 2010 ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Think you can multi-task? You can't, say researchers

People who think they can multitask by concentrating on their television as well as their PC are fooling themselves, new research finds.