New human species discovered

You wait ages for a new human species, and then two come along at once. Hard on the heels of the discovery of a new type of hominin in Siberia, an international team says it's found the closest yet type of australopithecine to modern humans.

'Missing link' element created

Russian and US physicists have finally created element 117 - a superheavy element made of atoms containing 117 protons that is roughly 40 percent heavier than lead.

Climate change linked to Earth's orbital cycle

A geologist has discovered a link between regular changes in the Earth's orbital cycle and changes in the climate.

Science writer wins key legal battle

We can all breathe a little easier, here on TG Daily - we can now write what we think with a little less fear of being chucked in a British slammer.

'Law of nature' broken, say physicists

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory say they have broken one of the laws of nature.

Bionic eye could be in use within three years

Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) has created a bionic eye which it says could restore the sight of sufferers of retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration.

LHC achieves record collisions, starts gathering data

The Large Hadron Collider is up and running, and has produced its first high-energy collisions.

MIT neuroscientists can affect people's morals

Scientists have discovered your moral compass - and it's just behind your right ear. MIT researchers have found they can successfully alter people's moral judgments by disrupting a specific brain region.

Robot dental patient winces and complains

The robot repertoire is pretty extensive these days, but there's been one notable omission - the ability to complain. But it's a fundamental feature of a new creation designed to help train dentists.

Tiny tyrannosaur made it to Australia

Australia... where men are men, the skies are huge, and T rex is a rather cute little thing.

Evolutionary scientist wins controversial religious award

Francisco Ayala, a former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has been awarded a £1 million prize for work of a spiritual nature.

New hominin identified from DNA in pinky bone

Analysis of a tiny fossil has indicated that a third type of hominin may have lived alongside early humans and Neanderthals in central Asia 40,000 years ago.

Tiny generators draw power from thin air

Tiny generators developed at the University of Michigan could produce enough electricity to run a wristwatch or wireless sensor - just from the ambient vibrations in the air.

Portable mind-reader lets users write with their thoughts

European scientists have developed the first portable device that allows users to type merely by thinking.

Atomic bomb tests help root out fake wines

Carbon-dating wines produced since the first atomic bomb tests can identify fake vintages, say chemists.   

Cold fusion is real, say scientists

Cold fusion is widely regarded as being just about as practical a technology as a perpetual motion machine or the Philosopher's Stone.

LHC sets new speed record

The large Hadron Collider (LHC) has set a new record, accelerating particles to the highest speed yet.

Printable RFID tags could eliminate checkout queues

We could soon all be strolling past the checkout with a cartful of goods, thanks to the development of new, printable, nano-based RFID tags.

3D invisibility cloak created

An invisibility cloak is one step closer to reality, with a group of German and British scientists reporting that they've successfully created a prototype that works in three dimensions.

Crime: it's a dirty business

Forensic scientists now have a new way to track criminals and terrorists - through the germs they leave behind.