Plant evolves to attract bats with echolocation

Like Batman is drawn to his symbol, a certain rainforest vine pollinated by bats has evolved to grow dish-shaped leaves that attract the winged creatures using echolocation.

Government funds "that's what she said" study

A resurrected catch phrase popularized by The Office for immature boys everywhere, "that's what she said," is almost unavoidable in popular conversation these days.

Anti-smoking vaccine fails

For smokers hoping to quit, the idea of a quick fix in the form of a "magic" vaccine seemed almost too good to be true. No patches, no gross nicotine gum, just a shot.

Lizards may be smarter than you think

If you thought reptiles were some of the least intelligent creatures in the animal kingdom, well, you might want to reconsider.

"Extinct" rainbow toad spotted after 87 years

This is something straight out of every scientist's sweetest dream. Yes, researchers recently found three living rainbow toads that were previously thought to be extinct in the jungles of Borneo.

Photos suggest fish are capable of using tools

Imagine diving in Austrlia's Great Barrier Reef only to see a fish...using a tool.

Colin Firth - yes, that one - publishes neuroscience paper

Oscar-winning hunk Colin Firth isn't just a pretty face, it seems: he's been cited as one of four co-authors on a scientific paper appearing in Current Biology.

Autopsy confirms 3,500 year old Egyptian princess had clogged arteries

If you thought McDonald’s was the only food capable of giving you artery busting bad health, think again.

Study claims playing video games makes you eat more

According to a recent study by Canadian researchers, playing video games actually makes people eat more food, even if they aren’t hungry.

Scientist extracts DNA from Amelia Earhart's letters

In the age of CSI and Law & Order, scientists are putting newfound interest into the mystery of Amelia Earhart. Hoping to extract her DNA from dried saliva on two envelopes she is believed to have sealed, one British Columbia researcher is attempting to reveal new secrets about her past.

Republicans must think knowledge grows on trees

I have long believed that the USA is a profoundly anti-intellectual country, in spite of America’s (paradoxical) belief in its technological and intellectual superiority over the rest of the world.

The science behind a kiss

Valentine’s Day. There’s one thing on everyone’s mind - kissing, of course. And it’s not just for us boy crazy girls or girl crazy boys, it’s for science. That's right, because in a new book called "The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us," researchers explore the origins of kissing and how the practice of smooching has evolved over the centuries. 

US science education: could do better, says report

The US risks falling behind in science, warns Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, unless science teaching is improved.

Perception of science shows continental divide

Science isn't an international language after all, according to a new survey. On the contrary, when people from different cultures read the same article, they can come away with completely different opinions.

Money CAN buy you happiness

It seems your mother was completely wrong - money can buy you happiness, or at any rate satisfaction. But it doesn't necessarily help you enjoy yourself.

Knot theorem could have implications for DNA as well as tangled flex

A mass experiment begins today to test a possible solution to one of life's recurring problems: the way headphone cords, electrical cables and the like get themselves into a tangled knot the minute your back is turned.

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.

Team uses whole islands to test survival of the fittest

For some people, fruit flies and a tank just aren't enough. Two Dartmouth biologists have been using whole islands in the Caribbean to investigate evolution in lizards.

One of Jupiter's belts disappears

It seems to be a day for carelessness. First Apple loses another iPhone prototype, and now Jupiter's lost a belt.

Astronomers track down universe's 'missing matter'

It's so, so annoying when stuff gets mislaid, so it must be a great relief to astronomers to be able to say they've probably found the nearby universe's missing matter.