Brain is capable of ultra-precise time recognition

There's a built-in stop-watch in the brain, according to MIT neuroscientists.

Searching the internet is good for your brain

Just a week's internet training can boost brain function in middle-aged and older adults, according to UCLA scientists.

Salt crystals promise improved data storage

Humble salt crystals could hold the key to improved data storage, but have until now been very hard to to create with enough accuracy.

Fizzy soda leaves sour taste in the mouth

A team of scientists revealed that human beings can taste the CO2 in fizzy drinks.

'World's biggest crater' discovered

A massive basin off the coast of India could be the world's largest, multi-ringed crater - and the impact that caused it could have been the real cause of the mass dinosaur extinction 65 million years ago, say researchers.

Arctic sea ice melting at rapid pace

A study conducted by the Catlin Arctic Survey and WWF has concluded that Arctic Ocean sea ice is rapidly thinning. The accelerated meltdown could create an ice-free Arctic Ocean within a decade.

Kelloggs acts to stamp out fake flakes

Kelloggs is considering etching its logo onto individual cornflakes to protect its brand from imitators.

Pterosaur discovery points to modular evolution

A new type of flying reptile that's been discovered provides the first clear evidence of a controversial type of evolution.

God sabotaged the LHC, say scientists

A couple of scientists reckon that God or time travellers broke the Large Hadron Collider. The duo, who are, remarkably, still walking the streets, have published a paper claiming that the world’s largest particle accelerator, which failed a week after being switched on last September could have been broken by divine intervention or time agents from the future.

Radio waves used to see through walls

University of Utah engineers have developed a way of tracking people moving behind solid walls using a network of radio transmitters.

Micro-nuclear power coming RSN

US scientists have come up with a battery which, if it goes wrong, will probably be a bit more annoying than replacing one in an iPhone.

Scientists demonstrate telepathy, well, sort of

Researchers at the University of Southampton claim they have been able to communicate person-to-person through the power of thought alone.

Scientist recreates Shroud of Turin

An Italian scientist has successfully reproduced the Shroud of Turin and claims that he didn't need the Son of God or a miracle to do it.

Stonehenge's little sister unearthed

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a second stone circle just a mile from Stonehenge, and dating back to the same period.

Nissan copies fish schools to avoid robot collision

It's probably true that fish have more intelligence than robots but they know which way is up and down, and Nissan has copied the activity of shoals with its Eporo robot car.

Honda claims breakthrough in carbon nanotubes

A report said that Honda, in conjunction with Purdue University and the University of Louisville, has succeeded in producing carbon nanotubes with metallic conductivity of 91 percent.

Ig Nobel winners beat each other with beer bottles

So much more fun than next week's boring Swedish version, the winners of the Ig Nobel prizes were announced last night.

Tyrannosaurs 'killed by throat infection'

If she'd been male, we'd probably have heard all about it a lot sooner. But it seems that Sue - the tyrannosaurus in the Field Museum of Chicago - was killed not by a bite but by a throat infection, in a discovery that may help explain why the rest of her species died out.

Be afraid... the message of subliminal advertising

Subliminal messaging works best if it's scary, according to a team at University College London (UCL).

Iranian Science Minister fakes article

After his sterling success in producing a fair and accurate election result, Iran's science minister Kamran Daneshjou has been cutting and pasting science articles under his own name.