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Logic chips built from DNA

A Duke University engineer says he can produce more simple logic circuits in a day than the world's entire monthly output of silicon chips.

Neanderthal genome sequenced - and they interbred with us

Scientists have sequenced the complete Neanderthal genome, and discovered that modern humans are as much as two percent Neanderthal ourselves, thanks to comparatively recent interbreeding.

Plasma TV, GPS, DirecTV engineers inducted to hall of fame

The inventors of modern-day GPS and an inventor credited with paving the path for plasma TV technology are among the 2010 inductees to the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame.

Ash could continue to ground planes, says expert

Air travelers could be in for a lot more emergency landings over the coming months thanks to the Icelandic volcano, an aviation expert has said. Stephen Wright of the University of Leeds believes the impact of volcanic ash on airplane air-conditioning systems could be serious, and could start to show up over the next few weeks.

Personal genetic medicine comes a step closer

A Stanford University professor has sequenced his entire genome in just two weeks, and for a cost of less than $50,000.

New chip stores a billion pages in one square inch

A North Carolina State University professor has developed a computer chip that can store an  an entire library’s worth of information.

Molecular computer mimics human brain

A team of researchers from Japan and Michigan Technological University has built a massively parallel molecular computer.

Software lets driver control car with eye movements

A German team has developed software that lets drivers steer simply by looking in the direction they want to go.

Ancient asphalt domes 'like an artificial reef'

WHOI scientists have discovered a group of giant asphalt domes under the sea off Santa Barbara, California.

Upgraded air traffic control technology hits speed bump

Significant problems have forced the US Transportation Department to take a step back from upgrading its highly outdated air traffic control system.

Caltech develops 'sound bullets'

Caltech researchers have built a device that produces highly focused, high-amplitude acoustic signals dubbed 'sound bullets'.

Brain training leaves users as dumb as ever

Some very clever people with better things to do than fiddle about on a Nintendo DS have explained to the rest of us that brain training games are useless.

Beetles beat Avatar to circular polarization

Jewel scarab beetles can see using circularly polarised light - the same as is used in 3D movies such as Avatar. And they don't even need special glasses.

Sensor wraps itself round the brain

Scientists have developed a brain implant that melts into place, fitting to the brain's surface like shrink-wrap.

General Relativity fights off competing theory

Einstein famously said that no amount of experimentation would prove him right. But two new studies have backed up his General Theory of Relativity, and one significantly undermines a rival theory.

Researchers mimic magnetic monopoles

Researchers from Imperial College London have for the first time created a structure that acts like a single pole of a magnet at room temperature.

Huge natural particle accelerators observed during storms

Giant natural particle accelerators are forming 40 km above the surface of the Earth during thunderstorms, according to a lightning researcher at the University of Bath.

MIT improves wireless power delivery system

MIT researchers have discovered that a wireless electricity delivery technique they invented three years ago works better when it's used to charge multiple devices at the same time.

Undersea volcanic vents discovered three miles down

A British expedition has discovered the world's deepest undersea volcanic vents, erupting water hot enough to melt lead.