Hubble reveals creation of massive galaxy

There's slow developers everywhere, and the Hubble space telescope has discovered the astronomical equivalent: a group of small, ancient galaxies that have waited 10 billion years to get round to building a large elliptical galaxy.

Vehicle-to-grid integration uses cars as batteries

An engineer at the University of Michigan thinks our cars just have it too easy. Instead of sitting idle for hours in parking lots, they should be earning their keep by helping store power for the electricity grid.

Professor develops simple cancer test

A University of Missouri professor has developed a device that could test for some cancers as easily as a pregnancy test.

WISE telescope offers up 'candy store' of images

NASA has released the first pictures from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, WISE.

Ocean acidification fastest in 65 million years

Ocean acidifcation is taking place at a faster rate than has been seen in the last 65 million years - and it's still accelerating.

Cheap DNA test diagnoses genetic diseases

Quick, cheap gene tests for many diseases could be just around the corner, with the development of a DNA test that works on a drop of saliva.

Ancient meteorite packed with organic compounds

A new analysis of a meteorite that fell to Earth more than 40 years ago has revealed the presence of millions of organic compounds.

Scientists recreate Big Bang 'quark soup'

Physicists have created a 'quark soup' with a temperature of four trillion degrees Celcius - almost as hot as the temperature just after the Big Bang.

MIT aims to do away with cooks

MIT thinks it might be able to eliminate cooking forever through a series of research projects.

Star Wars technology zaps mozzies in flight

Your reporter once had to explain to a toddler why it was vital that she take malaria pills on holiday. The child nodded sagely and asked whether she was supposed to throw the pills at the mosquitoes.

US military downs missile with high-energy airborne laser

The US military has successfully downed a test missile with an airborne high-energy laser.


'Gene-like' crystals could capture CO2

UCLA chemists have created synthetic gene-like crystals that they say could capture heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions.

Hubble captures Saturn's northern and southern lights

The Hubble space telescope has for the first time snapped the flickering aurorae that light up both of Saturn's poles.

Brain damage makes people more spiritual

It would be a lot easier than converting the Godless: a quick bash at the right bit of the brain, and they could be as religious and righteous as you.

Milky Way mapping project hits one teraflop of power

The Milky Way@Home project - which ropes in home computer users to help map the galaxy - says its combined computing power has now overtaken the second-most-powerful supercomputer in the world.

Sydney's 'ugliest building' to get solar skin

Sydney's University of Technology knows its Sydney Tower is pretty hideous - it even says so on the website. So in traditional fashion, it's decided to put a paper bag over its head.

Scientists sketch modern portrait of ancient human

A team of intrepid scientists has successfully concluded a DNA analysis of human hair found preserved in Greenland’s permafrost.

Dinosaurs may have descended from birds

A new study turns perceived wisdom on its head, concluding that some dinosaurs may actually have descended from birds.

Climate could tip without warning, study finds

A top ecological forecaster says it is harder than experts thought to predict sudden shifts in Earth's natural systems - the so-called tipping point.

Ingredients for life present on Saturn's moon

It's looking more and more likely that Saturn's moon Enceladus has a large body of sub-surface water, increasing hopes that it may harbour life.