Y chromosome not stagnating, men not idiots

Us double-X-ers can't feel quite so smug any more: apparently the Y chromosome isn't stagnating or decaying, as was previously thought, but is in fact evolving quite rapidly.

Charity develops artificial pancreas

The world's first artificial pancreas is on the way, potentially freeing millions of diabetes patients from insulin injections and blood sugar checks.

Neanderthals liked to wear a bit of slap

They probably weren't trying to impress us with their delicate good looks - but Neanderthals wore makeup, according to new research.

Human genome carries 40 million-year-old virus

About eight percent of human genetic material comes from a virus and not from our ancestors - and could be causing mutations and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

Footprints of earliest land animals found

The discovery of new fossil footprints indicates that our ancestors left the sea for the land at least 18 million years earlier than thought.

A cure for Alzheimers? Yakking on the phone

It's not what you'd expect from all those moronic overheard conversations - but heavy cellphone users are apparently less likely to suffer from memory loss.

Pi calculated to record number of digits

A computer scientist reckons he's calculated pi to a record 2.7 trillion digits - on a PC.

Darwin Awards honor the world's stupidest

The winners of the 2009 Darwin Awards have been announced, and for the first time ever there's a woman on the shortlist.

Heads I win, tails you lose

Tossing a coin needn't be random at all, according to research.

Dolphins are people, say scientists

Dolphins are almost as clever as people and should be given human status, according to a zoologist at Emory University.

Invetech designs 3D bio-printer for human tissue repair

Invetech has designed a 3D bio-printer that will be used by scientists to advance human tissue repair and organ replacement.

Australian government to tag great whites

I wouldn't fancy the job

Japanese scientists create transparent goldfish

A see-through alternative to classroom dissections

Genetics influences political party loyalty

Some people are just born right

Running robots modeled on cockroaches

They'll outlast us

Grow your own teeth

March of the molars Scientists say people will soon be able to replace lost teeth by growing new ones. A 'bud' of cells capable of growing into a new tooth will be implanted where the missing one used to be. The procedure can be performed under local anesthetic and the new tooth grows within a few months of the cells being implanted.

Best Christmas Present Ever!

A yacht, a freakin' yacht. Suck it poor people!

Ignore the experts when making New Year's resolutions

They're rubbish, says professor

People can show synaesthesia without knowing it

This article is brought to you by the colour red

Neuroscientists store memories in slices of brain tissue

Is your memory as good as a dead rat's?