A nervous astronomer from the UK's Royal Observatory in Greenwich warns that we should be jolly careful about contacting extra-terrestrials because they could turn out to be more Alien than ET.
A new experiment to reproduce planetary magnetic fields could be an important step towards nuclear fusion.
It seems that even twits have managed to reach the final frontier, with NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer sending out the first live tweet all the way from the dead of space – or at least from the comfort of the International Space Station.
It's one of the most controversial subjects on earth, but if data from NASA is to be believed, the past decade on the planet has been the warmest ever.
A new genetic analysis tool can distinguish between strains of the deadly superbug MRSA, and even identify when and where in the world each strain arose.
US hurricane damage will rise by a third this century, a new climate study concludes.
Too much sex can give you carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a researcher - and, yes, he's talking about sex with other people.
In response, presumably, to massive public demand, scientists have developed a way to recharge cellphones and the like by plugging them into your clothing.
With what some may see as jaw-dropping cheek, a new government-funded study of ozone pollution in western North America has concluded that it's all Asia's fault.
The only time most of us get to commission photos is at our wedding, so NASA's offer to snap pics of Mars on request is quite an opportunity.
It flies in the face of all common sense, but apparently texting is actually good for kids' spelling.
The European Southern Observatory has amalgamated images from its La Silla observatory in Chile to produce the best pictures yet of the Cat's Paw Nebula.
Asian carp DNA has been found in Lake Michigan for the first time, raising fears that they could devastate the Great Lakes' delicate ecology - and commercial fishing interests, of course.
EADS Astrium - Europe's biggest space company - is working on satellites to supply solar energy from space and monitor deforestation on Earth.
The dentist's drill could soon be a thing of the past. Plasma jets could be just as effective at cleaning out decayed teeth - and a damn sight less painful.
First it's chatty dolphins, now it's mathematical monkeys. They can add, subtract and make decisions on the basis of their calculations, new research shows.
The Army and the Department of Defense are funding work on a new type of armor inspired by an unusual snail shell.
Patients with heart disease could soon be treated without stents, thanks to tiny nanoparticles that can home in on damaged tissue and release drugs.
From the you couldn't make it up department comes news that you can make airplane fuel from seawater and sand.
The original account of the moment that Sir Isaac Newton got clunked on the head by a falling apple has gone online for the first time.