Laser communications set for Moon mission

An advanced laser system offering vastly faster data speeds is now ready for linking with spacecraft beyond our planet following a series of crucial ground tests. Later this year, ESA’s observatory in Spain will use the laser to communicate with a NASA Moon orbiter.

Invasion of the telepathic rats?

Two rats thousands of miles apart have successfully communicated through thought alone to solve a series of problems.

Endangered whale threatened by noisy ships

Noise from ships has cut the ability of critically-endangered North Atlantic right whales to communicate with each other by about two-thirds.

FMRI gives voice to those with no movement

A new device can enable people who are completely unable to speak or move to manage unscripted back-and-forth conversation.

Envisat spacecraft loses contact with Earth

The European Space Agency (ESA) has lost contact with Envisat, its flagship Earth-observing satellite.

More signals received from stranded Phobos probe

Communication with the stranded Phobos-Grunt Martian probe is coming and going, following a first successful contact on Tuesday.

EEG allows communication with patients in 'vegetative state'

Scientists have found a way of communicating with patients who appear to be in a persistent vegetative state, but actually retain consciousness.

Chatting bacteria hike atmospheric CO2

Bacteria in the ocean are communicating and cooperating in a phenomenon which could be having a significant impact on the planet's climate.

Proton-based transistor could let machines communicate with humans

Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a transistor that uses protons rather than electrons, in a breakthrough that could allow devices to communicate directly with living things.

Using human voice in social media helps organizations build relationships

The use of social media by various organizations has exploded in the last few years. The problem is that short text-based messages lack a human element the public desires.

Robots develop their own language and talk

A pair of Australian robots have successfully created their own language from scratch and used it to communicate with one another.

Researchers enlist robots to help autistic children

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have enlisted a specialized "Nao" robot to help teach autistic children.

How to talk to ET: new protocol proposed

It's something the etiquette books don't tell you, and Google Translate's not much better either: how do you talk to aliens?

Can "talking" cars minimize accidents?

What if there was a car more in tune with its surroundings than a distracted human driver? The answer may lie with a crash warning system that allows cars to communicate with each other and even avoid accidents from up to 900 feet away.

NASA tries to reopen communication with stuck Martian rover

NASA's having another shot at regaining communication with the Mars rover Spirit, bogged down in a Martian crater for the last eighteen months.

Bacteria may communicate through nanowires

Some bacteria grow electrical hair that lets them link up in big biological circuits, possibly communicating and sharing energy.

Device allows quadriplegics to communicate through sniffs

People with severe disabilities - including so-called locked-in syndrome - have been enabled to communicate with a new device controlled by sniffing.

Google wants everyone to have a Voice

Google has ended a long-standing "invitation only" policy for its Voice platform. However, the service is still only available to users within the United States.

Portable mind-reader lets users write with their thoughts

European scientists have developed the first portable device that allows users to type merely by thinking.