Flying snakes offer lessons to military

Researchers funded by the Department of Defense have been analyzing the way certain species of snake can glide from tree to tree.

First American in Europe may have been captured by Vikings

It seems that native Americans made it to Iceland long before Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic the other way.

All viruses may be stowaways within our DNA

All viruses, including relatives of HIV and Ebola, could potentially be 'stowaways' transmitted from generation to generation for millions of years, according to new research.

Study finds evidence for psychic abilities

A Cornell University academic and part-time magician says he's found evidence that people may have psychic powers.

Racial profiling doesn't add up

Statisticians at the University of Texas have demonstrated that using racial profiling to catch terrorists isn't just politically and ethically questionable - it's also not very effective.

Bill Nye the Science Guy collapses on stage, is ok now

Bill Nye, known by millions as "Bill Nye the Science Guy" for his award-winning PBS series of the same name, fainted in front of an audience at the University of Southern California, but managed to get back up if a bit dazed.

Antimatter atoms trapped for first time

Scientists at CERN have succeeded for the first time in capturing and storing antimatter - albeit for only a fraction of a second. The team successfully created 38 hydrogen 'anti-atoms', and hung onto them long enough to study.

T. Rex had more than junk in its trunk

Paleontologists used to believe Tyrannosaurus Rex was a monstrous and slow scavenger. But now a Canadian researcher has hypothesized that the dinosaur was actually a very fast and efficient killing machine.

Neuroscientists research "brain-machine" interfaces

Neuroscientists have developed a number of advanced "brain-machine" interfaces.

Russian architects design a subterranean city

A Russian architectural firm is touting detailed plans for an eco-friendly, subterranean mega-city.

UCSF scientists develop artificial kidney

Researchers at the University of California (UCSF) are developing an artificial kidney that could be tested in human patients within five years.

Strange magma eruptions could affect world's climate

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have observed the Earth's crust forming in an entirely unexpected way — and one that could affect the world’s climate.

Fear for uncontacted tribes halts expedition

The British Natural History Museum has been forced to call off a planned scientific expedition to Paraguay following concern for the safety of indigenous people.

Team develops temporal cloaking device

Researchers at Imperial College London say they've taken invisibility into the fourth dimension - time - by inventing a device that can hide whole events. It would give the impression of being a Star Trek transporter.

Pterosaurs pole-vaulted into flight

Pterosaurs launched themselves into the air by pole-vaulting with their arms, new research suggests.

Google queries predict stock market volumes

There's a link between the number of Google searches performed on a company and the amount of financial trading in its shares, according to a German/US team.

Genetic modification trial slashes mosquito numbers

Scientists have announced that a field trial in which millions of genetically modified mosquitoes were released in the wild led to a dramtic fall in wild mosquito numbers.

Daydreaming makes people miserable

Where was I? Oh yes. Um, apparently people spend around half their waking hours thinking of things other than what's going on around them. And it doesn't even make them happy.

DARPA plans to sniff round cities to detect chemical attack

We're not sure if this is genius or utter lunacy - actually, we think we've got a pretty good idea - but the Defense Department has decided that it wants to know how each major city in the US smells, in order to help detect chemical attacks.

Tetris cures flashbacks where other games don't

Tetris appears to have a unique ability to reduce unpleasant flashbacks, Oxford University scientists have found. While the discovery probably won't lead to teams of medics rushing to disaster scenes clutching games consoles, it could have implications for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.