Right-wingers have larger fear center in the brain

People with conservative views have a larger amygdala, a primitive part of the brain associated with fear, new research shows.

Sea urchins show how to make self-sharpening tools

Tools that sharpen themselves every time they're used could soon be available, following a discovery about the way sea urchins keep their teeth sharp.

World's smallest Christmas card created

They're notably tight-fisted in Scotland, and now a group of engineers at Glasgow University have found a way to potentially slash postage costs - they've created the world's smallest Christmas card.

Cornell device prints out meals

Boy, I wish I'd had one of these over the Christmas weekend: a 3D printer that simply prints out your dinner.

Tsunami warning system completed

Six years after the Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the  German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (GITEWS) is finally up and running.

Robotic head advances human-machine interaction

The subject of countless books and movies, humans have always been intrigued by robotic automation.

Eight-year-olds publish in top scientific journal

A group of British schoolchildren have achieved an honor only to be dreampt of by many scientists - having a paper accepted for publication by a prestigious Royal Society journal.

Third type of ancient human interbred with our ancestors

Researchers have discovered that a recently-discovered type of ancient human interbred with our ancestors.

Photon technology accelerates data transfers

A new photon-based optical network being researched by the U.S. government could potentially deliver huge amounts of data and images much faster than current optical networks.

Is mental time travel possible?

Scientists have determined that the human brain is capable of mentally "transporting" an individual through the past, present and future.

New molecule could make better rocket fuel

Researchers hunting for a new rocket fuel believe they've found a new chemical that could improve efficiency by as much as 30 percent over the best rocket fuels available today.

Researchers breed mice that sing

Japanese researchers say they've created a mouse that sings like a bird. They say the development could shed light on the evolution of human language - and, they suggest, lead to the creation of a talking mouse.

Team prototypes instant genome test

Scientists from Imperial College London have prototyped a tool that they say could ultimately sequence a person’s genome in minutes, at a fraction of the cost of current techniques.

2010: a good year for creationists

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is warning that creationists are increasingly attacking the science curriculum to get their sweet but bonkers ideas accepted as fact in schools.

Electric vehicle shifts power back to the grid


Managing the grid - maintaining a balance between supply and demand that keeps the system at its required frequency of 60 Hz - is a bit of a delicate dance. 



Room-temperature explosives scanner gets a step closer

MIT scientists have come a big step closer to creating an explosives scanner that's safer than X-ray scanning and can detect a wider range of substances.

World's tiniest memory created in atomic nuclei

University of Utah physicists have stored information for 112 seconds in atomic nuclei and then been able to read it back.

This woman feels no fear

Researchers at the University of Iowa have confirmed that a female patient with a damaged amygdala is utterly incapable of feeling fear.

Report: Brain size determines imagination and perception

Whoever said size doesn't matter obviously isn't familiar with the most recent findings about the brain's visual cortex.

Periodic table to change

Textbooks and wallcharts all over the world will need to be altered, follwing a decision to change the atomic weights of some elements listed in the Periodic Table for the first time ever.