Research suggests we might be able to mix computers and neurons soon

The path to combining man with machine into a real cyborg may be a little bit clearer thanks to new scientific research.

Religion's doomed in many countries, say mathematicians

Religion's on its way out in every one of nine countries studied by a team of scientists.

Speed of light limiting stock trading, says physicist

Stock exchange trades now happen so quickly that the speed of light has become a factor, and exchanges may have to be relocated as a result, say researchers.

Abandoned experiment gives clue to origins of life

Some experimental samples put aside for 50 years have provided new evidence that life on earth could have been kick-started by volcanoes.

Scientists learn about the brain’s ability to reorganize itself

A new study from The University of Michigan has found that after being disrupted, mouse brains are able to shift important functions tied to learning and memory.

Single lens produces 3D microscopic images

Engineers at Ohio State University have invented a single lens that can create microscopic 3D images by itself.

As radiation reaches the US, scientists say not to worry

Radiation from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant is already reaching the US, and is more difficult to predict than the weather, say University of Maryland atmospheric scientists.

WikiLeaks cables suggest jeopardized seismic safety at Japan’s power plants

Thanks to the nuclear disaster in Japan, blame is now being thrown at government officials via WikiLeaks cables.

Blood analysis chip detects diseases in minutes

A big step forward in microfluidics has helped researchers develop stand-alone, self-powered chips that can diagnose diseases within minutes.

Irish scientists create perfect head on Guinness

As everybody recovers from St Patrick's Day, mathematicians from the University of Limerick say they have solved the problem of creating a perfect creamy head on a pint of Guinness poured from a can. 

Even low levels of sonar can drive whales to their deaths

Naval sonar exercises are much more distressing to beaked whales than previously believed, and are driving them to beach themselves, a new study has found.

Study finds best way to develop argument skills

If you’ve ever read the comments on a website then you know that most people lack the ability to argue well. Let’s be honest, some of the arguments you’ve read are probably really dumb.

Could Large Hadron Collider be world's first time machine?

The Large Hadron Collider could - just possibly - be capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time.

Team claims it's found Atlantis

A - for once - reputable team of scientists believes it may have found the fabled lost city of Atlantis, saying it appears to have been destroyed by a tsunami.

Japan battles to prevent nuclear meltdown

Japanese officials are fighting to prevent a meltdown at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Get back to your desk: workaholics live longer than laid-back people

Want to live for a long time? Cut out the jokes, worry a lot and work hard.

New switch could help build 'quantum internet'

A new switching device could represent a big step towards the creation of quantum networks, say researchers at Northwestern University.

Quantum engineers clear a roadblock in developing new technologies

An international team of scientists has overcome an obstacle that traditionally interfered with the engineering of quantum systems.

Reversing Doppler Effect holds promise for invisibility cloak

If scientists carry on at this rate, we'll soon have more types of invisibility cloak to choose from than Imelda Marcos had shoes.

Many 'dormant' volcanoes could erupt at any time

There may be no such thing as a dormant volcano, according to scientists, who say that many could in fact be reawakened in a period of months.