Mayan calendar contradicts 2012 apocalypse

Archaeologists say they've found the oldest Mayan calendar yet - and in what will be a bit of a blow for anyone that's already sold their house and taken to the hills, it runs well past 2012.

Team demos Matrix-style automatic learning

Scientists say they've found a way for people to learn to play a piano, fly a plane or hit a curve ball with little or no conscious effort.

Patent trolls cost industry billions

Patent trolls could have cost US businesses as much as $500 billion in stock value over the last 20 years, according to Boston University researchers.

Chinese coal use slows global warming

The decrease in global warming between 1998 and 2008 - often cited as evidence against man-made climate change - was actually caused by an increase in coal use in China, a study has found.

Amazon forest becoming less green

Satellite data is revealing an Amazon rainforest that's decidedly less green than usual, showing the catastrophic effects of last year's record-breaking drought.

Self-cleaning solar panels based on Martian mission technology

Researchers have developed a system allowing large-scale solar power installations to keep themselves clean, based on technology developed for missions to Mars.

A million bats died from newly discovered disease in US

If something isn't done about a new disease making its way through North America, there will be nothing scary about caverns in the US because bats are dying off by the millions.

Nanotechnology expert found dead in Boston University lab

Boston University computer engineering professor Francesco Cerrina was found dead yesterday morning inside an unattended lab on campus.