One of Jupiter's belts disappears

It seems to be a day for carelessness. First Apple loses another iPhone prototype, and now Jupiter's lost a belt.

Astronomers track down universe's 'missing matter'

It's so, so annoying when stuff gets mislaid, so it must be a great relief to astronomers to be able to say they've probably found the nearby universe's missing matter.

Phantom Ray flying wing to take off by year-end

Boeing has unveiled its Phantom Ray unmanned flying wing, and says it'll have it in the air by the end of the year.

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.

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.

Carriers concerned FCC 'light touch' won't be light enough

Internet providers have shown a mixed reaction to an FCC announcement that it intends to pursue a 'light touch' policy on broadband regulation.

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.

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.

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.

Class-action suit launched over HP's takeover of Palm

They can move fast when it suits them, lawyers, and a Pennsylvania firm has already launched a class action lawsuit against the directors of Palm over its proposed acquisition by HP.

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.

'Gene-like' crystals could capture CO2

UCLA chemists have created synthetic gene-like crystals that they say could capture heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions.