Robot dental patient winces and complains

The robot repertoire is pretty extensive these days, but there's been one notable omission - the ability to complain. But it's a fundamental feature of a new creation designed to help train dentists.

Pentagon's spying on us, says WikiLeaks

Whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks has accused the US government of spying on the organisation and its staff - and Icelandic authorities of colluding.

Tiny tyrannosaur made it to Australia

Australia... where men are men, the skies are huge, and T rex is a rather cute little thing.

Evolutionary scientist wins controversial religious award

Francisco Ayala, a former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has been awarded a £1 million prize for work of a spiritual nature.

Monsoon spreads pollution right through the stratosphere

The Asian monsoon is sending pollutants up to stratospheric heights and spreading them right across the globe, says the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Scientists work to make car fuel from thin air

UK researchers reckon they are on track to take carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into car fuel.

Wikipedia, YouTube go down

Wikipedia and YouTube have both experienced outages over the last twenty-four hours.

GoDaddy.com halts China domain name registration

The world's biggest domain registration company, GoDaddy.com, has said it plans to stop registering domain names in China.

MIT creates portable, low-powered desalinator

MIT and Korean researchers have developed a portable desalinator that could supply a small village using solar power.

Tiny generators draw power from thin air

Tiny generators developed at the University of Michigan could produce enough electricity to run a wristwatch or wireless sensor - just from the ambient vibrations in the air.

Facebook keeps tabs on users' happiness

Facebook continues in its mission to monitor our wellbeing, expanding its Gross National Happiness Index (GNH) to Canada, the UK and Australia.

Britain gets its own space agency at last

The UK is to get its own space agency, consolidating a mess of different departments and budgets into a single authority.

Google squares up for another censorship fight

You might think Google had enough of a fight on its hands as it protests about censorship in China. But Google, along with Yahoo, is also complaining about newly-released plans to introduce an internet filter in Australia.

Bill Gates building nuclear reactor (but it's only a little one)

Bill Gates (yes, really) and Toshiba are reported to be building a next-generation nuclear reactor.

Portable mind-reader lets users write with their thoughts

European scientists have developed the first portable device that allows users to type merely by thinking.

Hypersonic rocket makes successful Mach 5.5 flight

US and Australian defence scientists have made a second test flight of a hypersonic rocket, with the aim of gathering data to commercialize the technology.

China says it doesn't blame US for Google's actions

The Chinese government has indicated that relations with the US won't be damaged by Google's decision to stop censoring search results in the country.

Helium falls like rain on Jupiter

New research suggests that it's raining helium in the interior of Jupiter. UC Berkeley scientists reckon this is the best way to explain why there's so much less neon in the outer layers of the planet than predicted.

Atomic bomb tests help root out fake wines

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

Google bows to concerns over user privacy

Following persistent concern over privacy, Google is working on a plug-in allowing users to opt out of having their activity monitored by Google Analytics.