Earth's sixth mass extinction could already be underway

Life on earth is on the verge of a mass extinction comparable to that which wiped out the dinosaurs, scientists at UC Berkeley have warned.

Silver-Diamond mix offers cool capabilities for electronics

Georgia Tech Research Institute researchers are working on a new material to help cool the microelectronics in defense systems.

Team creates most powerful optical microscope ever

University of Manchester scientists say they've produced the world’s most powerful optical microscope, and that it could revolutionize the study of viruses and other diseases.

Scientist extracts DNA from Amelia Earhart's letters

In the age of CSI and Law & Order, scientists are putting newfound interest into the mystery of Amelia Earhart. Hoping to extract her DNA from dried saliva on two envelopes she is believed to have sealed, one British Columbia researcher is attempting to reveal new secrets about her past.

Facebook makes people pleased with themselves

Many things that are bad for you in large quantities can be good in moderation.

New materials have steel's strength and plastic's moldability

Yale University scientists say they've come up with a set of new metals that are stronger than steel but as easy to mold as plastic.

Mud volcano to continue erupting for 26 years

The world's largest mud volcano looks set to continue erupting for another 26 years. Lusi, in Indonesia, first blew in 2006, killing about 15 people and rendering thousands of families homeless. More than a dozen villages have been swallowed up.

Team shows newborn heart muscle can grow back by itself

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that the mammalian newborn heart can grow back when damaged, just as a lizard can grow a new tail.

New wine app powers the meal pairings of the future

In the future you will always have the perfect meal with the right wine to go along with it. The power of Semantic Web technology will make this easier for sommeliers than ever before.

WindTamer clean energy system goes hybrid

A lot of manufacturing plants go solar. Not too many, but some, use wind. But rarely if ever do we see something like what just went in at the Advanced Glass Industries (AGI) plant in Rochester, N.Y.: A combination of wind, solar and considerable storage capacity.


Smartphone app could help diagnose cancer

Doctors currently diagnosis suspicious lumps by using a needle to extract a sample for analysis. The sample - which is stained to highlight specific proteins - typically yields results in a few days, and may be inconclusive at times. 

Stretchable solar cells power artificial 'super skin'

Stanford researcher Zhenan Bao has created 'super skin' - so sensitive to pressure it can feel a fly touch down, and powered by flexible, stretchable solar cells.

Tiny Mini car is compact, runs 94 MPG

The Mini brand has attracted consumers for years because of its compact yet stylish cars, and their consistently high fuel efficiency. The latest model, set to debut at an upcoming auto show, hits both of those points even further than previous models.

US cities vulnerable to earthquakes like New Zealand's

The conditions that caused the earthquake that hit New Zealand two days ago apply to many US cities, say experts.

Plastics can now conduct electricity

The discovery of a new technique will make it possible to create a whole new collection of plastics with metallic and/or superconducting properties.  

Monkeys demonstrate self-awareness via computer game

Animal researchers used to assume that humans were the only animals that are aware of their own thought process. A new study in macaques by US based scientists demonstrates that some monkeys also have self-awareness.

Scientists use ink-jet head to print out new skin

Scientists at the Wake Forest Center for Regenerative Medicine have created a way of - literally - printing skin cells onto burn wounds.

Is there life on Earth-size planets?

Recently, NASA identified a world known as KOI 326.01. The planet is a tad smaller than Earth, with an average temperature lower than water’s boiling point. Still, in some ways KOI 326.01 is somewhat analogous to Earth, at least in size.

Population predictions could be wildly wrong

Population predictions are often bandied about as fact - but are actually 'highly uncertain', a population scientist has told the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Reprogrammed stem cells could cause cancer

The use of reprogrammed stem cells for medical treatments is looking doubtful, with the discovery that such cells can lead to genomic abberations which could cause cancer.