Astronomers use galaxies as lenses

Peering through entire galaxies as their lenses, a team of researchers has found a new way to establish the size and age of the universe.

Disposable toilet could clean up slums

A Swedish professor has invented a disposable toilet that turns human waste into fertiliser.

Women and children first? Not if the men are in a hurry

It takes time to get yourself into a self-sacrificing frame of mind, according to research into the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitania.

NASA radar finds ice at moon's north pole

Instruments aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft have detected millions of tons of water ice near the moon's north pole.

Boat built from soda bottles prepares to set sail

A boat built from 12,000 plastic bottles it to set sail this month, with the aim of crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Vodafone is ICT industry's greenest

Vodafone is the most sustainable major ICT company in the world, with Verizon and AT&T the worst, according to a report from the Two Tomorrows Group.

Raytheon designs advanced GPS controls

The US Air Force has selected Raytheon to design an advanced control segment that is expected to significantly improve the accuracy of information originating from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites.

Scientists create the music of the spheres

Scientists can now listen to a set of solar wind data that's usually represented visually, as numbers or graphs.

Iceberg could disrupt ocean currents worldwide

The calving of a massive Antarctic iceberg is expected to affect ocean circulation worldwide, causing colder winters the other side of the world.

Intelligent people more likely to be left-wing atheists

Higher intelligence is associated with liberal political ideology and atheism, a statistical study has found.

Planet torn apart by its own tides

Astrophysicists have for the first time got the opportunity to watch a planet being distorted and destroyed by its host star.

US plans $1 billion moated embassy

The US is to build the world's most expensive embassy, in London. Described as super-high-tech, one of its main defences against terrorism is a moat.

Cassini flyby reveals multiple ice geysers on Saturn moon

NASA has released a series of images that reveal a "forest" of geysers spraying ice from prominent fissures along the south polar region of Enceladus.

No gaming or iPods allowed in space

In space, no one can hear you scream or listen to your iPod.

Never give a chimp a short pint

Chimps can tell the difference between different volumes of liquid, even when the bartender hides his actions.

Milky Way is full of alien invaders

Around a quarter of the star clusters in our galaxy sneaked their way in from other galaxies, according to scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.

Taking a nap makes you brainier

Leave this article up on your screen - in case the boss comes by - and settle down comfortably. According to University of California scientists, a lunchtime nap not only refreshes you but can actually make you smarter.

E-waste set to rocket, says UN

Developing countries are in danger of disappearing under a mountain of e-waste, according to UN experts.

Brick-sized device could power a home, says Bloom Energy

Silicon Valley start-up Bloom Energy has unveiled the Bloom Box, a domestic fuel cell system that it says is simple and cheap to run. But it's not expected to be available for up to ten years.

ESA mulls three future missions

The European Space Agency (ESA) has picked out dark energy, habitable planets and a detailed solar survey as candidates for two missions to be launched sometime after 2017.