Logic chips built from DNA

A Duke University engineer says he can produce more simple logic circuits in a day than the world's entire monthly output of silicon chips.

Loss of biodiversity could damage world economy, says UN

It's always worth appealing to peoples' pockets if appealing to their better nature doesn't work, and a new UN report warns that the world's loss of biodiversity is threatening national economies.

Toyota aims to slash price of hydrogen cars

Toyota reckons it can get the retail price of a hydrogen-fueled car below the $50,000 mark, and could launch as soon as 2015.

Scientists see black hole being flung out of its galaxy

Dutch astronomers believe they have found a super-massive black hole that's recoiling out of its galaxy at high speed.

New reactor aims for fusion ignition

Russia and Italy have agreed to build a new fusion reactor outside Moscow that they hope could become the first to achieve ignition - the point where a fusion reaction becomes self-sustaining instead of requiring a constant input of energy.

Scientists defend climate change research in open letter

More than 250 US scientists, including 11 Nobel laureates, have published an open letter defending climate change research.

Herschel captures the birth of a giant star

ESA's Herschel telescope has snapped an embryonic star likely to turn into one of the biggest and brightest in our galaxy within the next few hundred thousand years.

Neanderthal genome sequenced - and they interbred with us

Scientists have sequenced the complete Neanderthal genome, and discovered that modern humans are as much as two percent Neanderthal ourselves, thanks to comparatively recent interbreeding.

Plasma TV, GPS, DirecTV engineers inducted to hall of fame

The inventors of modern-day GPS and an inventor credited with paving the path for plasma TV technology are among the 2010 inductees to the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame.

Future temperatures could be too hot to survive

Huge swathes of the world could become too hot for human beings to survive, if current worst-case scientific projections of global warming turn out to be true.

Space project could revolutionize disaster management

A new space technology project will deliver near-real-time video, sensors and assessment results worldwide in the wake of natural disasters.

Astronomers glimpse birth of mega-stars

Using a CSIRO radio telescope, astronomers have caught an enormous cloud of cosmic gas and dust in the process of collapsing in on itself. They hope the discovery could help establish how massive stars form.

Google makes major wind farm investment

Google - one of the largest consumers of power in the world - is to invest for the first time in renewable energy with the purchase of a stake in two North Dakota wind farms.

Ash could continue to ground planes, says expert

Air travelers could be in for a lot more emergency landings over the coming months thanks to the Icelandic volcano, an aviation expert has said. Stephen Wright of the University of Leeds believes the impact of volcanic ash on airplane air-conditioning systems could be serious, and could start to show up over the next few weeks.

Avatar director helps next Rover mission to film Mars in 3D

Avatar director James Cameron has persuaded NASA to let him help design a high-resolution 3D camera for the next Mars Rover.

Personal genetic medicine comes a step closer

A Stanford University professor has sequenced his entire genome in just two weeks, and for a cost of less than $50,000.

Martian fossils could be right under Rover's nose

A rock commonly found on Mars could, against expectations, preserve fossils, raising hopes that evidence of life on Mars may one day be found.

Giant space balloon crashes on launch

A multi-million-dollar space balloon crashed on takeoff this morning in Australia, hitting a car.

New chip stores a billion pages in one square inch

A North Carolina State University professor has developed a computer chip that can store an  an entire library’s worth of information.

Asteroid may show how life came to Earth

For the first time, water and organic molecules have been detected on an asteroid. The discovery lends plausibility to the theory that both  life on earth and water arrived through asteroid strikes.