Isaac Newton's fruity story goes online

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.

Space agencies call for ideas

Anything you'd like to know about the atmosphere on Mars? ESA and NASA are inviting scientists from across the world to propose instruments for their joint Mars mission, the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.

Artificial muscles restore ability to blink

Surgeons at the UC Davis Medical Center have for the first time used artificial muscles, helping patients with facial paralysis to blink.

Knit one, purl one: physicists tie light in knots

It all sounds a bit Harry Potter, but a team of British scientists has managed to tie light in knots, an achievement that could have important implications for laser technology.

Don't stress, or get cancer

Stress really does cause cancer - in fruit flies, at least - Yale researchers have discovered.

Austrian scientists defend torture of pigs

Austrian scientists have defended an experiment in which pigs were buried alive in snow, after animal rights activists succeeded in halting the project.

Scientists can spot retinal cell death, predict Alzheimers

Alzheimer's could soon be detected through a simple eye test, way before symptoms appear.

Robot gliders take to the seas

Europe's largest fleet of underwater robot gliders is about to embark  on its first research mission in the tropical Atlantic.

Rotorless helicopter laughs at gravity

Israeli engineers have successfully tested a 'fancraft' - a robot vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft that hovers using fans.

Girlfriends harder to find than aliens says math nerd

The good news is that finding the perfect girlfriend is easier than contacting an alien civilisation. The bad news is that the odds are still pretty long.

Y chromosome not stagnating, men not idiots

Us double-X-ers can't feel quite so smug any more: apparently the Y chromosome isn't stagnating or decaying, as was previously thought, but is in fact evolving quite rapidly.

Charity develops artificial pancreas

The world's first artificial pancreas is on the way, potentially freeing millions of diabetes patients from insulin injections and blood sugar checks.

Nudists endorse full body airport scans

The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) has officially endorsed the deployment of full body scanners in major US airports.

Solar cells self-assemble in 'salad dressing'

Your salad dressing could become an electronics factory, if work from the University of Minnesota bears fruit.

'Wet' computing system aims to mimic brain processes

Researchers at the University of Southampton are embarking on a project to develop a new kind of information processing technology inspired by the chemical processes in living systems.

Has the Mars Lander survived the winter?

NASA is to start listening out for radio transmissions from the Phoenix Mars Lander next week, although it doesn't hold out much hope.

Mysterious object hurtles towards Earth

Astronomers have reportedly spotted an unknown space object hurtling towards the planet Earth.

Google upgrades cloud-based Docs with full file support

Google has upgraded its free, cloud-based Docs suite by supporting "all file types" and increasing maximum upload limits to 250MB.

Green Touch consortium promises major CO2 impact

A consortium led by Bell Labs is aiming to 'reinvent the network', making comms technologies a thousand times more energy efficient than they are today, and making a major impact on CO2 emissions worldwide.

McDonalds investigates cows' asses

In its latest attempt to show us just how much it cares about our welfare, McDonalds is to carry out a three-year study into methane emissions from cattle.