First-ever quantum network uses two atoms and a photon

Physicists say that, for the first time, they've created an elementary quantum network based on interfaces between single atoms and photons.

Remote-control beetles aid flight research

Scientists are using electrodes to control a living rhinoceros beetle in an effort to improve the aerodynamic performance of aircraft.

Nano-factories produce cancer drugs at tumor sites

MIT researchers have created a new type of nanoparticle that can synthesize proteins on demand, potentially creating cancer drugs right at the spot they're needed.

Working quantum computer built inside a diamond

A quantum computer created inside a diamond is the first of its kind to include protection against 'decoherence' – noise that prevents it from functioning properly.

Living micro-robot could diagnose disease

Biologists and engineers are working on a tiny robot that functions like a living creature and could be safely used within the human body to diagnose disease.

Biplane design could break the sound barrier

An MIT researcher believes he's found a way to solve many of the  problems that grounded Concorde, and make supersonic commercial flights a reality once more.

3D printer knocks out tiny objects - fast

A new, high-precision 3D printer can create nanometer-sized objects and is way faster than similar devices.

What words get you censored in China?

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have analyzed millions of Chinese microblogs to discover exactly what terms are being censored.

IBM maps electric charge in single molecule

Big Blue's long had a fascination with the tiny, and now IBM scientists have for the first time been able to measure how charge is distributed within a single molecule.

Laser beams used to detect explosives

Austrian scientists say they've developed a way of using a laser to sniff out explosives from more than 100 meters away.

Phones could be powered by user's body heat

Dead cellphones could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new technology that can harvest enough juice for another call from the user's own body heat. 

'Perfect' transistor built from a single atom

Physicists have created a working transistor using only a single phosphorus atom placed precisely in a silicon crystal.

'Invisibility cloak' could hide buildings from earthquakes

A team of British mathematicians has developed a theoretical design for a Harry Potter style ’cloaking’ device which could protect buildings from earthquakes.

Tiniest room-temperature laser created

Scientists have created the smallest-ever laser to work at room temperature, as well as one that doesn't waste a single photon.

Biological computer reads encrypted logos

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology have developed a 'biological computer' - made entirely from biomolecules - that can encrypt and decipher images.

'Solve for X' to tackle world's biggest problems

Google's launched a website aimed at solving some of the big problems facing humanity - something like TED, or a sort of X Prize without the prize.

New material gives boost to optical fibers

British and American scientists say they've found a way to embed electronics into optical fibers, simplifying and speeding up telecommunications.

'Telepathy machine' close to reality, say scientists

Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have been able to listen in on people's thoughts, using brain waves to reconstruct the actual words that subjects have been hearing.

Big step towards Tricorder medical scanner

Star Trek-style Tricorder medical scanners are a step closer to reality, say scientists, following the discovery of a new way of creating electromagnetic Terahertz waves - as currently used in full-body security scanners.

Search-and-rescue robot inspired by snakes

After months spent at Zoo Atlanta, an engineer at Georgia Tech says he's created a robot for search and rescue missions based on the way snakes move.