In HG Wells' The Time Machine, the brutish Morlocks live underground, appearing only to service the needs of the beautiful but weedy Eloi.
US Army-sponsored researchers have built a land mine detection system for a hundredth of the cost of traditional systems - using parts they bought in online auctions.
Strange circular holes in clouds which have frequently led to speculation about UFOs are caused by nothing more mysterious than aircraft, a study has shown - and they can cause several inches of snow or rain too.
In the wake of February's earthquake in Chile, a NASA-led team successfully tested elements of a prototype tsunami prediction system.
Everything we know about the composition of the universe may be wrong, according to physicists.
Scientists believe they may be able to explain how some people who apparently freeze to death can be revived after a form of suspended animation.
The world’s most powerful microscope is now peering away at tiny things at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
A British team has developed a low-cost laser that can detect hidden explosives from a much greater distance than existing devices.
US President Barack Obama is apparently looking for an "ass to kick" over BP's embarrassing failure to halt a catastrophic oil leak off the Louisiana coast.
Costa Rica has put an end to stem cell tourism, saying there's no evidence that the treatments work or are even safe.
US officials have ruled out the use of a nuclear blast to halt the seemingly uncontrollable BP oil leak off the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientist and alchemist Robert Boyle would have approved of the present day. We've finally got round to inventing most of the things on his wish-list of technological developments.
Imagine a foldable iPad: it's perfectly possible, say Duke University scientists, who have found a simple way to make tiny copper nanowires in quantity.
Cellphones could be to blame for the sharp decline in honeybee populations, according to Indian scientists.
Banknotes could get a lot prettier, thanks to a new nanotechnology technique which mimics the iridescent colors found on butterflies' wings.
Scientists have established that the molecule adenosine is critical to explaining how acupuncture works, and have been able to triple acupuncture's effectiveness as a result.
A team of scientists says that habitat evidence shows that Ardipithecus ramidus - claimed last year as the earliest human ancestor - was nothing of the sort.
UC Irvine researchers have created a retina from human embryonic stem cells, the first time they've been used to create a three-dimensional tissue structure.
Scientists have genetically modified fruitflies to let them smell blue light - it smells of bananas to them, apparently.
A scientist at the University of Reading says he's become the first person in the world to be infected by a computer virus.