New chip stores a billion pages in one square inch

A North Carolina State University professor has developed a computer chip that can store an  an entire library’s worth of information.

Molecular computer mimics human brain

A team of researchers from Japan and Michigan Technological University has built a massively parallel molecular computer.

Software lets driver control car with eye movements

A German team has developed software that lets drivers steer simply by looking in the direction they want to go.

Ancient asphalt domes 'like an artificial reef'

WHOI scientists have discovered a group of giant asphalt domes under the sea off Santa Barbara, California.

Japanese scientists design mind-reading robots

Japanese scientists are preparing to develop "mind-reading" robots and consumer electronics that can be controlled by thought.  

Upgraded air traffic control technology hits speed bump

Significant problems have forced the US Transportation Department to take a step back from upgrading its highly outdated air traffic control system.

Caltech develops 'sound bullets'

Caltech researchers have built a device that produces highly focused, high-amplitude acoustic signals dubbed 'sound bullets'.

Brain training leaves users as dumb as ever

Some very clever people with better things to do than fiddle about on a Nintendo DS have explained to the rest of us that brain training games are useless.

Beetles beat Avatar to circular polarization

Jewel scarab beetles can see using circularly polarised light - the same as is used in 3D movies such as Avatar. And they don't even need special glasses.

Sensor wraps itself round the brain

Scientists have developed a brain implant that melts into place, fitting to the brain's surface like shrink-wrap.

General Relativity fights off competing theory

Einstein famously said that no amount of experimentation would prove him right. But two new studies have backed up his General Theory of Relativity, and one significantly undermines a rival theory.

Researchers mimic magnetic monopoles

Researchers from Imperial College London have for the first time created a structure that acts like a single pole of a magnet at room temperature.

Huge natural particle accelerators observed during storms

Giant natural particle accelerators are forming 40 km above the surface of the Earth during thunderstorms, according to a lightning researcher at the University of Bath.

MIT improves wireless power delivery system

MIT researchers have discovered that a wireless electricity delivery technique they invented three years ago works better when it's used to charge multiple devices at the same time.

Undersea volcanic vents discovered three miles down

A British expedition has discovered the world's deepest undersea volcanic vents, erupting water hot enough to melt lead.

New human species discovered

You wait ages for a new human species, and then two come along at once. Hard on the heels of the discovery of a new type of hominin in Siberia, an international team says it's found the closest yet type of australopithecine to modern humans.

Solar powered plane soars over Swiss skies

The solar powered Impulse HB-SIA has successfully completed its maiden voyage over a picturesque Swiss airfield.

'Missing link' element created

Russian and US physicists have finally created element 117 - a superheavy element made of atoms containing 117 protons that is roughly 40 percent heavier than lead.

Climate change linked to Earth's orbital cycle

A geologist has discovered a link between regular changes in the Earth's orbital cycle and changes in the climate.

Japanese scientists create Cylon-like robot

A team of Japanese scientists have designed a robot that is reportedly capable of accurately laughing and smiling by mimicking human facial expressions.