Reporters threatened after revealing security hole

Telecoms companies involved in a US government scheme to provide an affordable phone service to the poor, have threatened reporters who found a security hole in their Lifeline phone system with charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Unique 'magma sombrero' found in Andes

Scientists examining 20 years of satellite data have found a sombrero-shaped bubble of magma 62 miles across - and, appropriately, located in South America.

Ocean plastic boosts sea skater numbers

The amount of plastic swirling around in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has increased 100-fold since the 1970s, altering marine habitats.

Team takes control of mouse's memory

Scientists say they've been able to control specific memories in mice in research that they hope could help treat diseases such as schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder.

Biological computer reads encrypted logos

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology have developed a 'biological computer' - made entirely from biomolecules - that can encrypt and decipher images.

'Garbage patch' fish found full of plastic

North Pacific fish are eating tens of thousands of tons of plastic debris, say researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Abandoned experiment gives clue to origins of life

Some experimental samples put aside for 50 years have provided new evidence that life on earth could have been kick-started by volcanoes.