The US has significantly tightened its rules on the use of chimpanzees in medical research, ruling it out except for cases in which there's no other valid testing method.
When it comes to Facebook, it seems we're not all linked by six degrees of separation - the true figure is actually 4.74.
Most people believe that it's worth investing in geoengineering research, a new study has found.
Online gamers have succeeded where scientists have failed for a decade, successfully deciphering the structure of an AIDS-like retrovirus enzyme.
In a study that could have important implications for the abortion debate, neuroscientists say they've established that fetuses can't distinguish pain from touch until 35-37 weeks gestation – just before they'd normally be born.
The so-called Gulf Dead Zone is looking set to be the biggest ever this year.
If you thought reptiles were some of the least intelligent creatures in the animal kingdom, well, you might want to reconsider.
Young people are much more likely to dream in color, Japanese researchers report - and one reason could be the spread of color television.
As carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, the soil releases ever more of two other potent greenhouse gases, new research has found.
You may want to get your ruler out at this point. South Korean researchers have discovered that there's a link between finger length and the length of a man's penis.
North Pacific fish are eating tens of thousands of tons of plastic debris, say researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Think you're doing the right thing by using biodegradeable products? Think again.
Smile and the world smiles with you - but you might not get your girl. Yup, a team of Canadian scientists has confirmed what everybody knew - that we all tend to fall for the bad boys.
Scientists have applauded a decision by the US Federal Court of Appeals to overturn an August 2010 ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
Despite all the grumbling at the time, European aviation authorities were justified in grounding planes following the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano last year, new research shows.
Radiation from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant is already reaching the US, and is more difficult to predict than the weather, say University of Maryland atmospheric scientists.
The 'death grip' that interferes with a smartphone's signal is real and widespread, according to scientists at the University of Bristol.
Most illegal file sharers see themselves as the 'Robin Hoods of the digital age', new research shows.
There's no room on the planet to expand fisheries any further, according to a new study that tracks their growth since 1950.
People with higher incomes use the internet far more than those earning less, according to a study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.