Prescription painkiller deaths triple

Abuse of prescription painkillers is rocketing, killing 15,000 people every year - more than heroin and cocaine combined.

No screen time for under-twos, says AAP

So-called 'educational' television programs for the under-twos are useless, say researchers, and children younger than this should have as little screen time of any sort as possible.

Science panel calls for federal research into geoengineering

Leading experts on climate change science and technology are calling on the federal government to launch a coordinated investigation of the potential effectiveness, feasibility, and consequences of so-called geoengineering.

Biofuel targets unreachable, says NRC

The US is unlikely to meet some specific biofuel mandates under the current Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022 unless new technologies are developed or policies change.

Patent trolls cost industry billions

Patent trolls could have cost US businesses as much as $500 billion in stock value over the last 20 years, according to Boston University researchers.

Arab Spring really was social media revolution

After analyzing more than three million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, a new study has concluded that the Arab Spring truly was fueled by social media.

Half world's PC users steal most of their software

Nearly half the world’s PC users get most or all of their software illegally, according to the Business Software Alliance - twice as many in some developing countries.

Cars getting more and more hackable, security firm warns

As the number of electronic systems used in cars increases, McAfee is warning that they're becoming increasingly vulnerable to hackers.

Android now worst platform for malware

Android threats leapt 76 percent during the second quarter, according to the latest report from security consultants McAfee, making it the most attacked mobile operating system.

Global warming 'could trigger alien attack'

Maybe NASA believes that the little green men really are green - one of its scientists has collaborated on a report suggesting that the Earth's rising levels of greenhouse gases could provoke an alien attack.

China says it's a big cybercrime victim too

Well, doesn't your heart just bleed. China's claiming that, last year, it was the victim of nearly half a million cyberattacks.

Americans becoming YouTube addicts

More and more Americans are catching on to the delights of babies doing cute things - or maybe just Justin Bieber - the latest study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows.

US 'not ready' for NFC

So-called 'swipe and pay' systems like Isis and Google Wallet won't take off in the US for years, Gartner Group analysts believe.

Microsoft bans easy-to-guess Hotmail passwords

We all know that we're supposed to pick hard-to-guess passwords - but most of us know all too well that, if we do, we'll forget them ourselves.

China takes lead in renewable energy investment

China's now the world's biggest investor in green energy, according to the latest annual report on renewable energy investment trends from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Hands-free calls could be just as dangerous on the roads

You don't need to be fumbling over a text to be a dangerous driver - hands-free voice calls can be just as dangerous, a driving safety organization has warned.

Americans turn away from landlines

A quarter of all Americans no longer have a landline, according to the latest figures from the Federal Communications Commission.

Cable boxes and DVRs use more power than your fridge

You've probably never stopped to consider just how much power your set-top box is consuming.

Draft bill would force firms to report data breaches

Republican congresswoman Mary Bono Mack is calling for legislation forcing companies to tell the government when they've fallen victim to a data breach.

Future hotels to offer virtual sex

Hotels of the future will offer interactive dreaming, virtual love-making and health monitoring, according to a new report.