Gentle robot improves cancer surgery

A new surgical robot with a delicate touch is claimed to detect tumors far more accurately than a human.

NASA research sheds light on early evolution

None of us might be here if it weren't for the ancient fusing of two microscopic, single-celled organisms called prokaryotes, NASA-funded research has found.

We all go round in circles

People really do walk in circles when they're lost, and it's not because their legs are different lengths.

Asimov's Fourth Law: Call a lawyer

The Royal Academy of Engineering has published a report on the social, legal and ethical issues surrounding the development and use of autonomous systems. While these technologies can offer great benefits, the Academy raises the question: If something goes wrong, who is to blame? The machine itself, its designer or its maker?

Canadians research zombie attacks

Researchers from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University have produced a mathematical model to discover that, if there were to be a battle between zombies and the living, who would come out on top.

How to make friends with a monkey

Washington, DC - It's well-known that mirroring the posture and behaviour of others predisposes them to like you. And apparently the same phenomenon holds true for monkeys. A team of scientists at the National Institutes of Health and two Italian research institutions have found that capuchin monkeys preferred the company of researchers who imitated them to that of researchers who didn't.

Driverless cars pull up at airport

What could public transport look like in the future? One idea being tested at London's Heathrow Airport is a network of personal driverless pods. Gliding along tracks, these pod cars will take passengers non-stop to their destinations, cutting down on congestion and pollution.

Wifi pacemaker is heartening news for New York woman

A 61-year old New York woman has become the first recipient of a heart pacemaker that lets doctors  monitor her health over the internet.

Medical errors kill thousands each year

As many as 200,000 Americans die every year from preventable medical mistakes and hospital infections, according to a report from the Hearst Corporation.

Japanese scientists showcase 'touchable' holograms

Scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed a holographic projector capable of rendering tangible, three-dimensional objects. The system comprises a holographic display device, two "tracking" Wii motes and a tactile feedback ultrasound unit.

Scientists act out Aesop's fable

In Aesop's fable The Crow and the Pitcher a thirsty crow uses stones to raise the level of water in a pitcher so it can reach it. In a study from the University of Cambridge, researchers demonstrate that rooks, which belong to the crow family, can do exactly that.

Large Hadron Collider to start up at half power

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is to have another shot at getting some useful information out of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Scientology founder exposed as fake

Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard made up his qualifications along with his religion, as shown by secret documents released to the Times.

Software dramatically improves hearing aid performance

Software developers at Tel Aviv University have produced an application, Clearcall, that they say improves speech recognition for the hard-of-hearing by up to 50 percent.

9/11 still causing new health problems

Intense, prolonged exposure to the World Trade Center attack is causing new health problems years later, according to researchers.

Hunt is on for Mongolian Death Worm

Two New Zealanders are hoping to prove the existence of a giant Mongolian worm said to kill people by spitting acid or shooting lightning from its rectum.

User friendly bio computers on the way

Scientists working for the Weizmann Institute’s Biological Chemistry, and Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Departments have found a way to make these DNA based computers a bit more user friendly.

Flies get a go on flight simulator

Brain researchers have built a flight simulator for flies. While it may be great fun for the little blighters (who knows?), the real aim is to improve the image processing capabilities of robots.

Americans turn to alternative medicine

Americans spend a third as much on complementary and alternative medicine as they do on prescription drugs, racking up out-of-pocket expenses of $33.9 billion.

Physicists split the electron

A team of physicists from the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham have shown that electrons are not indivisible - in narrow wires they can divide into two new particles called spinons and holons.