Virgin Galactic takes flight

"Now boarding Virgin Galactic flight 1 with nonstop service to outer space"

Atomic bomb tests help root out fake wines

Carbon-dating wines produced since the first atomic bomb tests can identify fake vintages, say chemists.   

'Smart roof' could slash energy costs

A white roof reflects heat and cools a building; a dark one absorbs it. But until now there hasn't been a material that could do both.

Early galaxy had 'teenage growth spurt'

A massive galaxy in the early universe created stars up to 100 times faster than the modern-day Milky Way, say astronomers.

Cold fusion is real, say scientists

Cold fusion is widely regarded as being just about as practical a technology as a perpetual motion machine or the Philosopher's Stone.

LHC sets new speed record

The large Hadron Collider (LHC) has set a new record, accelerating particles to the highest speed yet.

Printable RFID tags could eliminate checkout queues

We could soon all be strolling past the checkout with a cartful of goods, thanks to the development of new, printable, nano-based RFID tags.

3D invisibility cloak created

An invisibility cloak is one step closer to reality, with a group of German and British scientists reporting that they've successfully created a prototype that works in three dimensions.

Saturn's rings aren't as peaceful as they look

Saturn's rings aren't as neat and tidy as they appear, new observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show.

Largest quantum state created

Physicists have created the largest ever quantum state, allowing an object large enough to be seen by the naked eye to be in two states at once.

Astronomers discover gas-giant exoplanet

Astronomers have discovered a gas-giant exoplanet locked into a circular orbit around its parent star.

Astronomers get a closer look at Jupiter's Great Red Spot

New thermal images from ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) are allowing astronomers to take a detailed look at the solar system's largest storm.

Going green: it's all about showing off, says prof

Excuse me while I pop my organic vegetables in the oven and wipe my hands on recycled kitchen roll. I'll only be a moment. Now, I'm ready to tell you all about the reasons why wonderful people like me just love to buy eco-friendly products.

Americans lose interest in green issues

Americans are getting more and more apathetic about environmental matters, according to a Gallup poll.

Crime: it's a dirty business

Forensic scientists now have a new way to track criminals and terrorists - through the germs they leave behind.

Gene discovery could help amputees grow new limbs

Humans and other mammals could regrow lost limbs, following the identification of a gene that appears to regulate regeneration.

Team warns of potential catastrophe from meteorite strike

The Secure World Foundation (SWF) has warned the UN that it may be too disorganised to avoid disaster in the event of a major meteorite strike.

'Telepathy' algorithm can distinguish between memories

Neuroscientists at University College London have taken another step towards mind-reading. They have developed a computer algorithm which allows them to tell which of three short films a person is thinking about via a brain scan.

Wind farms could raise temperatures

Opponents of land-based wind farms have a new ally in the form of MIT. Researchers there say that, far from mitigating global warming, land-based wind turbines actually increase the temperature around them.

Space station could operate until 2028

The International Space Station could remain in use until 2028, officials have said.