Craig Venter team finds evidence of new form of life

A team, including DNA pioneer Craig Venter, says it may have discovered an entirely new domain of life.

Physicists set record for quantum entanglement

Innsbruck physicists have set a world record, achieving controlled entanglement of 14 quantum bits (qubits) and thus creating the largest quantum register ever.

Mechanical bird flies just like the real thing

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.

New type of particle accelerator fired up for first time

A new type of particle accelerator designed as a proof of concept has reached a major milestone, successfully delivering a speed of 18 MeV.

Paralyzed woman conducts orchestra with her mind

A British woman with locked-in syndrome has been able to conduct an orchestra using just the power of her thoughts.

Spray-on nanomaterial can neutralize IEDs

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.

US unprepared for major earthquake, says NRC

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.

Brain researchers investigate nervous system repair with worms and fish

Worms and fish may be the key to helping people with injured nervous systems.

Detecting cancer, HIV with carbon nanotubes

Engineers have developed a device that can detect single cancer cells in a blood sample.

China soon to overtake US as world's scientific superpower

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.

Bullying in mice alters brain chemistry, leads to anxiety

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.

New 'ray gun' can put out fires

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.

Pineapple fibres make plastic as strong as Kevlar

The cars of the future could be made from pineapples or bananas, Brazilian scentists say.

Large quakes don't trigger others far away, study finds

Big earthquakes don't trigger others far away, a new study from the Royal Geographic Survey and the University of Texas has found.

Universal tests of intelligence for humans and animals

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.

Superconductor research indicates new phase of matter

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.

Biotech firm may have answer to radiation sickness

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.

Journey to the center of the Earth?

Geologists have embarked upon an ambitious project to drill through the earth's crust and extract a sample of the mantle.

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.