The internet has a Kevin Bacon number: 19

The internet is less sprawling than you might think: through its own 'Kevin Bacon effect', it seems every page is connected to every other by no more than 19 clicks.

China soon to overtake US as world's scientific superpower

China is set to overtake the US as the world's scientific 'superpower' as early as 2013, a major study from the UK's Royal Society has concluded.

Eight-year-olds publish in top scientific journal

A group of British schoolchildren have achieved an honor only to be dreampt of by many scientists - having a paper accepted for publication by a prestigious Royal Society journal.

Africa to split in two within ten million years

Within 10 million years the Horn of Africa will fall away and a new ocean will form, says a team at the University of Leeds.

Seventeenth-century scientific wish-list comes true

Scientist and alchemist Robert Boyle would have approved of the present day. We've finally got round to inventing most of the things on his wish-list of technological developments.