Bees help clarify nature, nurture debate

It seems as if bees are aiding scientists in their quests to solve the great mysteries of life. Recently bees have helped scientists gain more insight into the great nature-nurture debate.

Holograms closer to becoming a reality

Scientists at the University of Arizona have developed a rewrite-able material that could one day be used to store massive amounts of shifting holographic data.

Breakthrough could lead to effective cancer vaccines

Scientists researching cancer vaccines have made a significant breakthrough that could allow many cancers, including breast and colorectal cancers, to be targeted.

Retinal implant restores sight to the blind

German scientists have developed a chip which can be implanted behind the retina to restore sight to blind people.

Cyberpunk master weighs in on augmented reality and human evolution

Cyberpunk godfather William Gibson believes that Homo sapiens have evolved a sophisticated methodology of augmenting and altering reality to suit its needs.

Neuroscientists wipe specific memories, permanently

In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, two people undergo a procedure to erase the memory of one another from their minds. And now love-lorn mice, at least, can experience the same relief from upsetting memories.

Discovery heralds cure for common cold

A cure for the common cold could finally be on the way, with the discovery that antibodies can fight viruses from within infected cells.

New study: Males might be more "disposable" than females

Scientists may have recently figured out why women tend to live longer than men. A new study set to be published this month in Scientific American says that males could be genetically more disposable than females.

Cellphones DO cause brain tumors, says latest study

New research aiming to incorporate the best data from previous studies indicates that cellphones really do increase the risk of brain cancer.  Independent studies follow-up over a long period suggest the risk is doublerd for heavy phone users.

US not safe from nuclear attack, say scientists

The US government's new strategy for nuclear war is a 'dangerous fantasy', according to an independent group of scientists.

Move over touchpads - and bring on the thought-pad

New research funded by the National Institutes of Health shows that people can manipulate complex visual images on a computer screen using only the mind.

'Liberal gene' is identified

A liberal outlook may be partly genetic, according to a team of US scientists.

Bee brains calculate better than expensive computers

Bees could now be in the running for the title of most efficient being known to man.  A new study has found that our honey producing friends are better at mathematical functions than today’s most powerful computers.

Robotic gripper made from coffee and balloons

For years, robotics engineers have worked on creating robot hands that can grip like the real thing. But it turns out that all they needed was some ground coffee and a party balloon.

Bankers got buzz out of credit crunch

The bankers who trashed the global economy enjoyed the sensation of losing hundreds of billions of pounds and plunging the world into recession, says a Cardiff University academic - and not just because they knew they'd be picking up fat bonuses just a couple of years later.

Tiny-brained bees beat computers to solve math problem

Despite having a brain the size of a grass seed, bumblebees can solve a complex mathematical problem which keeps computers busy for days.

Team rivals synchotron with table-top device

Synchotron X-ray facilities are usually big and expensive. For example, the UK's Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility is half a kilometer in circumference and cost £263 million to build.

Malarial mosquitoes turning into new species

Two strains of the mosquito responsible for most malaria transmission in Africa are evolving into different species, meaning that techniques to control them may work on one type but not the other.

First all-robotic surgery and anesthesia performed

Canada's McGill University Health Centre has hosted the world's first operation and anesthesia to be carried out entirely by robots.

Magnetic monopoles imaged for first time

Scientists have captured direct images of the long-theorized but never before seen magnetic monopoles. Monopoles - magnets which have just a single pole - were theoretically conceived by the British-Swiss physicist Paul Dirac, who showed in the 1930s that their existence is consistent with  quantum theory.