Wikipedia blots its copybook

Online repository of questionable facts, Wikipedia, is in trouble with psychologists after publishing the 'answers' to the Rorschach inkblot tests.

Malaria vaccine ready for human trials

The first genetically-engineered malaria vaccine, developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is about to enter human trials.

Red wine increases female sex drive, say hopeful scientists

Italian researchers claim that levels of sexual desire were higher in women who had drunk a couple of glasses of red wine than those who preferred other beverages.

End of the world postponed until Christmas

The long-awaited restart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been postponed until the winter of 2009. CERN attributed the delay to a number of technical difficulties, including vacuum leaks in two sectors of the LHC that had been cooled down to 80 K.

Swine Flu anti-virals more dangerous than disease

People resorting to Tamiflu and Relenza may well find themselves in a worse state of affairs than just succumbing to Pig Flu, it has emerged.

Night warfare: moths jam bats' sonar

There's nothing new under the sun. Biologists have discovered that one type of moth jams the sonar of bats with bursts of its own ultrasound.

UK contracted 55,000 cases of swine flu last week

The UK Health Protection Agency said that 55,000 people caught swine flu here last week, and there's been a total of 29 deaths from the viral infection so far.

Moving walkways slower than walking, say scientists

Using moving sidewalks at airports is actually slower than walking unaided, say researchers.

Car lets the blind take the wheel

Blind people in Virginia are getting the chance to drive, thanks to a specal dirt buggy developed by students at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.

New dinosaur surprises paleontologists

A new 13-foot dinosaur has been discovered in Utah. It's a bit of a surprise: despite nine-inch claws like scythes, the creature was a herbivore, and it appears to have died a long way out to sea.

Green semiconductor laser developed

Scientists at Sumitomo Electric have created a semiconductor laser that emits green light without using filters.

Bill Gates puts Feynman physics lectures online

A collection of lectures delivered by physicist Richard Feynman and privately bought by Microsoft founder Bill Gates have been posted online.

It does help to swear

I b****y well knew it. Swearing really can lessen pain, according to scientists at Keele University.

Obesity causes supersized costs

A study of the economic cost of obesity in California was released today by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA). The study determined that in the past six years, the cost of overweight, obese and inactive adults has doubled to about $41 billion each year.

America loves science (well, some of it)

Opinion The American public thinks science is great - but takes very little notice of what scientists actually say.

Nanopillars form cheap, flexible solar cells

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have demonstrated a way to fabricate efficient solar cells from low-cost and flexible materials.

San Andreas Fault may be due for big quake

Mysterious underground tremors on the San Andreas fault could mean a big quake is on the way, according to University of California seismologists.

Compound extends lifespan by a third

Those who believe the Easter Island statues were created by supermen could have a field day with this. It seems a compound found in the island's soil has significant life-extending properties.

Sperm 'grown from embryonic stem cells'

British scientists claim to have created human sperm using embryonic stem cells.

Robot bat has metal muscles

Tiny remote control planes and helicopters are all very well, but they lack maneuverability. But researchers at North Carolina State University are mimicking nature's small flyers, and developing robotic bats.