Surprise, surprise: boys who watch porn have crap relationships

Boys who watch porn are more likely to think sexual harassment is acceptable and less likely to form successful relationships when they get older.

Aliens might be bug-eyed monsters after all

A nervous astronomer from the UK's Royal Observatory in Greenwich warns that we should be jolly careful about contacting extra-terrestrials because they could turn out to be more Alien than ET.

Levitating magnet provides new nuclear fusion technique

A new experiment to reproduce planetary magnetic fields could be an important step towards nuclear fusion.

Genetic tool tracks superbug transmission

A new genetic analysis tool can distinguish between strains of the deadly superbug MRSA, and even identify when and where in the world each strain arose.

Missionary position is bad for your health

Too much sex can give you carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a researcher - and, yes, he's talking about sex with other people.

Jeans double as rechargeable batteries

In response, presumably, to massive public demand, scientists have developed a way to recharge cellphones and the like by plugging them into your clothing.

Txtspk hlps kdz spell

It flies in the face of all common sense, but apparently texting is actually good for kids' spelling.

Plasma jets could replace the dentist's drill

The dentist's drill could soon be a thing of the past. Plasma jets could be just as effective at cleaning out decayed teeth - and a damn sight less painful.

Monkeys can do math

First it's chatty dolphins, now it's mathematical monkeys. They can add, subtract and make decisions on the basis of their calculations, new research shows.

DoD looks to snails for new armor

The Army and the Department of Defense are funding work on a new type of armor inspired by an unusual snail shell.

Nanoparticles could replace stents for heart patients

Patients with heart disease could soon be treated without stents, thanks to tiny nanoparticles that can home in on damaged tissue and release drugs.

Isaac Newton's fruity story goes online

The original account of the moment that Sir Isaac Newton got clunked on the head by a falling apple has gone online for the first time.

Artificial muscles restore ability to blink

Surgeons at the UC Davis Medical Center have for the first time used artificial muscles, helping patients with facial paralysis to blink.

Knit one, purl one: physicists tie light in knots

It all sounds a bit Harry Potter, but a team of British scientists has managed to tie light in knots, an achievement that could have important implications for laser technology.

Don't stress, or get cancer

Stress really does cause cancer - in fruit flies, at least - Yale researchers have discovered.

Austrian scientists defend torture of pigs

Austrian scientists have defended an experiment in which pigs were buried alive in snow, after animal rights activists succeeded in halting the project.

Scientists can spot retinal cell death, predict Alzheimers

Alzheimer's could soon be detected through a simple eye test, way before symptoms appear.

Robot gliders take to the seas

Europe's largest fleet of underwater robot gliders is about to embark  on its first research mission in the tropical Atlantic.

Rotorless helicopter laughs at gravity

Israeli engineers have successfully tested a 'fancraft' - a robot vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft that hovers using fans.

Girlfriends harder to find than aliens says math nerd

The good news is that finding the perfect girlfriend is easier than contacting an alien civilisation. The bad news is that the odds are still pretty long.