Is Monsanto's corn losing its "magic?"

Monsanto’s genetically modified corn may be losing its ability to kill rootworms. To be sure, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes the poison spliced into Monsanto Bt corn is not as effective as it once was.

Image matching software recognises photos, paintings, sketches

Carnegie Mellon researchers say they've created a computerized way of matching images in photos, paintings and sketches that's almost as good as the human eye.

Swiss team demonstrates long-lasting quantum network

Scientists and engineers have reported back on a project to use quantum cryptography in a real-time network.

Graphene transistors compatible with living cells

A team at at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen says it's built the foundation for devices to communicate directly with the human brain.

MIT takes big step towards optical computing

MIT researchers say they've filled in the missing link required  for the creation of complete optical circuits on silicon chips.

Should kids ditch the TV for a PC?

A recent study has concluded that sitting in front of a TV for an extended period of time may pose health risks for young children.

New material promises faster internet

Arizona State University researchers have created a new material that they say can be used to develop next-generation computers, improve the internet, increase the efficiency of silicon-based photovoltaic cells and improve solid-state lighting and sensor technology.

Study: Beer reduces risk of cardiovascular disease

A team of Italian researchers has concluded that a beer (or two) a day can help keep cardiovascular disease at bay.

MIT chip 'mimics brain'

MIT researchers have designed a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to new information, known as plasticity.

These peptides kill cancer

Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have identified two molecules capable of killing cancer cells.

Re-programmable cells to create new life forms

An international team of scientists has embarked on an ambitious research project to develop an in vivo biological cell that can be reprogrammed like a computer operating system.

Claim: Nicotine makes brain more vulnerable to cocaine addiction

Do you believe in the gateway theory when it comes to drug use? Well, a group of scientists at Columbia University claims to have proven the theory.

Pentagon offers $50K to reconstruct shredded documents

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is offering a $50,000 prize to anyone who can piece together a series of shredded documents.

Video games may be able to treat "lazy eye" in older children

A recent study has concluded that symptoms of amblyopia or "lazy eye" can be alleviated in older children by following a regimen which includes playing video games alongside standard treatment.

Feds nab granny for trying to sell moon rock

If you have any moon rocks at home you may want to forget about ever trying to sell them. A California grandma learned the hard way that the feds don’t like it when you try to sell moon rock dust.

Study touts benefits of organic farming

The biotech and commercial food industries would like you to think the only way to feed the world is by using conventional farming systems. However, a new study from the Rodale Institute claims otherwise.

NAND gate built from bacteria

Scientists have taken another step towards biological computing, with the creation of logic gates from gut bacteria and DNA.

OmniTouch turns any surface into a touchscreen

Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University have created a wearable projection system that turns pads of paper, walls or even a user's own hands into graphical, interactive surfaces.

Nanomaterial allows computer to rewire itself

Scientists at Northwestern University have developed a new nanomaterial that could allow a computer to reconfigure its internal wiring and become an entirely different device as required.

Automakers standardize electric vehicle chargers

Seven major automakers have agreed to standardize electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Europe and the United States.