Clue to origin of cosmic rays

Astronomers believe they've now worked out the details of how supernova remnants can form cosmic rays.

40,000-year-old DNA reveals origins of native Americans

Many present-day Asians and Native Americans are related to humans living some 40,000 years ago in the area near Beijing, an analysis of ancient DNA shows.

Indians migrated to Australia 4,000 years ago

Native Australians weren't, as thought, isolated from the rest of the world for 40,000 years: they absorbed a wave of migration from India just 4,000 years ago, a genetic study shows.

Vesta's black patches reveal carbon-rich asteroid impacts

New data from NASA's Dawn mission bears out the theory that the dark color of the protoplanet Vesta is caused by the impact of carbon-rich asteroids.

Musicians' brainwaves synchronize during playing

When people make music together their brain activity synchronizes - even when they aren't playing the same notes.

Humans bred with Neanderthals after leaving Africa

Humans last interbred with Neanderthals well after they spread out of Africa, a genetic analysis has shown.

Denisovan DNA shows link with modern humans

By sequencing the genome of an ancient human with unparalleled accuracy, scientists have for the first time revealed the relationship between her species and our own. In 2010, Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck

Chimps teach each other to 'shake hands'

Chimpanzees engage in social traditions which they pass on to the next generation, new research shows.

3D and 2D at the same time

Some people love 3D TV; and some can't stand it. But a new invention means that it's possible for people to watch programs in 2D and 3D at the same time.

Mars methane not biological in origin

Disappointingly, scientists say they've been able to establish where the methane on Mars comes from - and it's not from living organisms.

Nuclear accidents likely 'every ten to twenty years'

Catastrophic nuclear accidents such as the core meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima are 200 times more likely to happen than previously believed, say scientists.

First-ever quantum network uses two atoms and a photon

Physicists say that, for the first time, they've created an elementary quantum network based on interfaces between single atoms and photons.

Tools created for amateur animators

The Max Planck researchers say their two new approaches, revealed today at Cebit, not only significantly shorten two important steps of the creation process, but also considerably simplify them.

Extinct human's genome placed on internet

Scientists have reconstructed the entire genome of an extinct type of human from a 30,000-year-old finger bone, and made it available on the internet.

Chimps may have theory of mind

Chimpanzees avoid telling their friends the bleedin' obvious, new research shows.

World's smallest data memory: a single atom

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have created the world's smallest data memory, storing quantum information in a single atom.

Facebook may reveal gay identities

A study looking at the measuring of online advertising systems has thrown up the interesting fact that a feature in Facebook could be revealing users' sexuality to advertisers without their knowledge.