US lead in science and technology shrinking

The United States' (U.S.) predominance in science and technology (S&T) eroded further during the last decade, as several Asian nations--particularly China and South Korea--rapidly increased their innovation capacities.

DARPA drones to launch and land on small surface ships

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently working on an initiative that would allow large drones to take off and land from the surface of small warships - rather than gigantic aircraft carriers.

Arduino Uno spotted at NASA's Swamp Works research facility

Most people would probably expect to find millions of dollars worth of cutting-edge equipment at a NASA research facility. And they would be right, of course, but there may also be some surprises waiting for the unsuspecting visitor. 

Advanced "smart materials" found in 2014 Corevette

The engineering and technology found in the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is quite impressive.

NASA: Meteor explosion in Russia had nothing to do with asteroid flyby

The scientific community is aflutter after reports, images, and video of a massive meteor explosion in Russia clogged the Internet early Friday morning.

Deep Space Industries wants FireFly ships to mine asteroids

A few years ago, if a company had stepped up and said it planned to send unmanned spacecraft to explore the possibility of mining asteroids in near earth orbit, quite a number of us probably would have politely chuckled.

Male scientists commit more fraud than women

Men, and particularly senior men, are more likely to commit scientific fraud than women, say researchers - who we have to hope we can trust on the matter.

Scientists design imprintable, flexible lithium-ion battery

Scientists from South Korea have developed the world's first imprintable and flexible battery.

Volvo plans first self-driving cars for 2014

Volvo is likely one of the first companies that comes to mind when you think about automotive manufacturers with a history of adopting new safety technology. 

Most scientific retractions involve fraud, not error

There's been a ten-fold increase in the number of fraud-related retractions of biomedical papers since 1975, putting paid to the idea that it's usually just a case of owning up to an inadvertent error.

Future spacecraft could be powered by nuclear waste

The British government is reportedly looking for ways to offset the cost of cleaning up nuclear waste by finding commercial uses for what may be the world's largest stockpile of civil plutonium.

500 trillion watt laser shot decimates previous record

Physicists  at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the National Ignition Facility have utterly decimated a previous record for the most powerful laser shot ever.

Claim: Beer makes men smarter

It is common knowledge that alcohol impairs judgement - if consumed in sufficient quantity.

Conservatives trust science less than ever

Political conservatives are increasingly defining themselves as 'anti-science', with the number of Republicans saying they trust science having fallen dramatically over the last 25 years.

Flatworms could reveal secret of immortality

A species of flatworm has been discovered to be potentially immortal - raising hopes that the ageing process in humans could be combated.

Anti-climate science group threatens mass lawsuits

A libertarian thinktank devoted to rubbishing climate change is threatening to sue anybody commenting on certain leaked documents - even where the papers are genuine, it says.

Is Facebook more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol?

I'm sure we all know people who just can't seem to put down their smartphone and stay off Twitter or Facebook for even a couple of hours at a time.

Columbus did bring back the clap, say scientists

Rarely can so much scientific attention have been paid to whether or not one small group of men put it where they shouldn't.

US asks scientists to withdraw recipe for lab-bred bird flu

The US government has asked the authors of two terrifying studies of bird flu to redact them heavily, fearing the information could be used by terrorists.

Whiskey sipping goes high-tech

Scotland takes its whiskey very seriously. So it should come as no surprise that scientists at the counrtry's oldest university have come up with a device that uses spectroscopy to test whiskey for its authenticity.