Sports injury research sets stage for real life gladiators

What do driving and football have in common? Crashes, collisions, and injuries, of course!

MIT finds new mode for fusion reactions

MIT's taken a step closer to practical fusion power with a technique that removes the contaminants that slow fusion reactions.

This microorganism thrives on toxic arsenic

NASA scientists have discovered the first known microorganism (GFAJ-1) on Earth capable of reproducing and thriving on a highly toxic chemical known as arsenic.

Researchers identify wild orgy gene

Ménage à trois? Wild orgies? One night stands? Who says science can't be sexy?

Team tests brain cancer vaccine

A medical team believes it's developed an effective vaccine against the most common type of brain cancer, and is about to try it out on human subjects.

Program mimics human creativity

A cognitive science professor and his team say they've applied a new psychology theory to create a computer program that can mimic creative human problem solving.

Cinnamon 'can replace harmful chemicals' in nanotech process

A University of Missouri researcher says it's possible to replace nearly all of the toxic chemicals required to make gold nanoparticles - with cinnamon.

'Blast badge' allows instant diagnosis of exposure to explosive shock

A new cap badge could allow immediate diagnosis of the severity of exposure to explosive blasts on the battlefield.

US medical scientists commit most fraud

US scientists are significantly more likely to publish fake research than scientists from elsewhere, a study of officially withdrawn  studies shows.

Harvard team reverses aging in mice

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found an elixir of youth - for mice, at any rate.

Humans and sea sponges more alike than not

A surprised team of international scientists recently discovered that sea sponges - one of Earth's oldest life forms - share almost 70 percent of the same genes as human beings.

Scientists discover how sour works

Today, the day after Thanksgiving as you eat leftover cranberry sauce for breakfast, you might wonder why the sour taste is so strong.

Humans descended from 'sewage bacteria'

Oh dear, oh dear. A week or two ago, I found myself on a city street listening to a very cross man on a soap-box explaining that evolutionary theory couldn't possibly be correct, as he remembered his grandfather and his grandfather wasn't a monkey.

Physicists create new type of light

Physicists from the University of Bonn have developed a completely new source of light, previously thought to be impossible - a so-called Bose-Einstein condensate consisting of photons.

New test delivers biopsy results in minutes

Patients may no longer have to wait days for biopsy results, thanks to a new tissue-imaging technique that gives results in a matter of minutes.

'Elephant's trunk' could replace industrial robots

Looking to create a robotic arm that would be both strong and dexterous, German engineering company Festo has created a bionic elephant's trunk.

Universe started off as a liquid, LHC experiments show

The ALICE detector team at CERN has discovered that the very early universe consisted of a hot, dense liquid, rather than a gas.

Can shows like CSI accelerate the pace of DNA tech?

On TV programs like CSI, all it takes is one sip from a soda can for detectives to swab, tag, and bust a guilty criminal with DNA certainty. But is real life technology advanced enough to perform such a feat? 

Memory erasing drugs now in earliest stages

People who are haunted by visions of war and scenes of violence sometimes wish they could remove the bad memories from their minds. Medical researchers at Johns Hopkins University think that it may be possible someday.

Test can tell suspect's age from one drop of dried blood

A new test has made it possible to tell a person's age to within nine years using a just one drop of blood, in what could potentially be an important tool to catch criminals.