RNA research leads to paleontology without fossils

As long as 600 million years ago, our tiny marine ancestors may have had a sophisticated brain that released hormones into the blood and was connected to various sensory organs.

Probe will warn of solar storms

NASA will next week launch a new spacecraft designed to help predict the sun's complex weather and storms.

Talking bans on handhelds don't cut accident rates

A US study reviewing laws that ban the use of handheld phones while driving has come up with a surprising result - accident rates are the same as if they are used.

Left-handers think right is wrong

The right hand is the sinister one as far as left-handers are concerned, according to researchers.

Laser fusion tests overcome plasma hurdle

The first laser fusion experiments at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) have successfully overcome a hurdle that many thought would scupper the project.

Senate hearing reveals dangers of cell phone use

A number of expert witnesses recently informed a US Senate committee hearing that cell phones have a detrimental effect on human health.

Nissan shifts electric car production into overdrive

Nissan has accepted a $1.4 billion loan from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to modify its Tennessee plant for the production of electric vehicles. 


Virgins' blood is the fountain of youth (sort of)

It's the stuff of many a nasty fairy tale, but researchers have found that old mice can be rejuvenated by giving them certain blood factors from young mice.

'Altruistic' robots produced through evolution

A Swiss team has applied Darwinian selection to robot development, producing robots that can walk, cooperate and even hunt each other.

Punk dinosaur had ginger Mohican

We at TG Daily always had a sneaking suspicion that the makers of Barney had got it a bit wrong. And now it turns out that dinosaurs weren't purple at all - but ginger!

Machine learning helps produce 'wiring diagram' of the human brain

MIT is using automated machine learning to help develop a 'wiring diagram' of the human brain.

Hah! Rock 'n roll generation has really good hearing

Your mother was wrong, and now you can prove it. All that loud music probably hasn't done your hearing any harm at all.

Laughter is a universal language

Laugh, and the world laughs with you: a new study suggests that both laughing and crying are universal across cultures.

Girls' fear of math is learned from their teachers

Female elementary school teachers who are anxious about math pass on their fears to the girls that they teach.

Men don't feel guilty enough

Men are insensitive bastards, according to a new study, which finds they feel much less guilt than women.

Four-winged bird sheds light on origins of flight

A Chinese-American team says it's settled the long-standing question of how bird flight began.

Gates says malaria vaccine could be here in three years

Bill Gates says a malaria vaccine could be as little as three years away, with a prototype entering final trials.

The end of the world is nigher than thought

Entropy: it's a bugger, innit? One day, the universe and everything in it will run down and die, making all human endeavour utterly worthless.

Usain Bolt: could do better, say scientists

Humans could run at 40 miles per hour, according to scientists, who reckon they have established the theoretical limits of running speed.

Skydiver plans freefall from the stratosphere

He says he's hoping to gain useful information about the stratosphere for future astronauts, but we suspect it's all just showing off.