'Avatar' experiments cast light on consciousness

Scientists have been able to 'project' people's consciousness into a computer avatar, in much the same way as happens in the movie.

Bear hibernation could be key to space travel, say scientists

Black bears could hold a secret that could take people to the stars, say researchers who have for the first time examined their hibernation patterns in detail.

Hummingbird spy drone developed for DARPA

Under a contract from DARPA, AeroVironment Unmanned Aircraft Systems has created a hummingbird spy drone, the first two-wing, flapping-wing aircraft that carries its own energy source and can hover as well as move forwards.

Yale physicists build an anti-laser

Yale University scientists have built a fully functioning anti-laser, in which incoming beams of light interfere with one another in such a way as to perfectly cancel each other out. 
The platform is expected to pave the way for a number of novel technologies with applications in everything from optical computing to radiology.

How to teach a microbot new tricks

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a method of propelling tiny swimming microbots without using a cumbersome on-board fuel system.

Republicans must think knowledge grows on trees

I have long believed that the USA is a profoundly anti-intellectual country, in spite of America’s (paradoxical) belief in its technological and intellectual superiority over the rest of the world.

Mathematicians aim to list all possible shapes in the universe

Mathematicians are working on a vast directory aiming to specify every single possible shape in the universe in up to five dimensions.

Malaria vaccine delivered through mosquito bites

A health charity supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has found a new way to inoculate against malaria - using mosquito bites.

Physicians acting unprofessionally on Twitter, says report

Be wary of tweeting physicians, warns a new study, which says that many are behaving unprofessionally.

The mystery of jumping fleas has been solved

For a long time scientists have been trying to figure out the physics behind the flea’s jumping ability. New research that was recently published has clarified the science of how fleas jump.

Simple marine worms distant relatives of humans

It appears that vertebrates have some distant relatives they didn’t previously know about. New research says that complex species such as humans and starfish are related to two species of lowly marine worms.

The science behind a kiss

Valentine’s Day. There’s one thing on everyone’s mind - kissing, of course. And it’s not just for us boy crazy girls or girl crazy boys, it’s for science. That's right, because in a new book called "The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us," researchers explore the origins of kissing and how the practice of smooching has evolved over the centuries. 

Human DNA discovered in gonorrhea

Scientists have found their first evidence of gene transfer from humans to bacteria  - and, guess what, it's gonorrhea that's the lucky recipient.

World's store of data calculated

A University of Southern California scientist says he's worked out just how much information is being stored by the human race - and there's an awful lot of it. Two hundred and ninety-five exabytes, to be precise.

Los Angeles basin at risk of major quake

More great news for Californians. Just a couple of weeks ago, they were told that they were at serious risk of a superstorm - and now they need to prepare for a major quake.

Medical researchers turning bacteria against themselves

Bacteria usually attack you with toxins designed to hijack or even kill host cells. To avoid self-destruction, bacteria possess a way of protecting themselves from their own toxins.

Language is necessary to understand numbers, study finds

Numbers above three are incomprehensible to people who don't speak a language that uses symbols for counting, say researchers at the University of Chicago.

NASA searches for Apollo 14's lost travelers

Dave Williams of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is a man with a mission: to track down hundreds of 'moon trees' grown from seeds that went to the moon and back with the Apollo 14 mission.

Patients' nerves made to glow during surgery

Damaging a patient's nerves during surgery can cause agony - and even paralysis. But nerves are rather hard to see.

Floating donut shows tech center's visitors around

Visitors to the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) complex in Brisbane can soon expect to be shown around the facility by  a floating donut.