Severe vulnerability found in RSA encryption

The most widely used software encryption technique has a major weakness, University of Michigan computer scientists have discovered.

Massive methane release sparks global warming fears

Vast amounts of methane are bubbling up from the East Siberian sea, raising fears of a massive hike in global warming.

Evidence 'conclusive' that asteroid wiped out dinosaurs in days

A major international study has found overwhelming evidence that a massive asteroid impact in did indeed wipe out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

How do you know if you're having sex?

Researchers from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University asked a representative sample of 486 18- to 96-year-olds what the term meant to them.

Homeland Security wants to pick your brains

In a move which surely smacks of just a touch of desperation, the Department of Homeland Security is asking Joe Public how to best raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity.

China to start space station construction next year

China plans to launch the first module of its planned space station next year.

UpChucky awards honor clueless creationists

A new award from the National Center for Science Education aims to honor the year's most stupid creationist.

Too much screen time makes kids antisocial

Spending hours glued to the television or PC damages childrens' relationships with their friends and parents, according to a new study.

Spanish police stamp out butterfly botnet

Another day, another botnet. This time, it has the rather pretty name of Mariposa - it means butterfly - and is believed to be one of the world's largest.

Child directs flight traffic at JFK

When an air traffic controller's son had the day off school, he was brought to work - into the control tower at one of the busiest airports in the world. The FAA is now investigating.

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.

Device uses nose shape to sniff out terrorists

You can tell this idea came from a country where they're not big on plastic surgery. Scientists at the UK's University of Bath reckon that noses are a better way of identifying people than iris or fingerprint scans.

Microsoft device uses the skin as a touchscreen

Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University are working on a gadget that turns the user's arm into a touchscreen display.

Phew! UFOs aren't a military threat

We can all breathe easy: the British Ministry of Defence has decided that UFOs aren't dangerous.

Toto, I don't think we're in Topeka any more

In an extraordinary example of optimistic brown-nosing, Topeka, Kansas has changed its name to Google.

Home-made flying machine goes under the hammer

Would you pay $27,000 for a flying machine built using scooter parts and a barbecue gas bottle? Yes? Then you've still got time to place your bid.

EU caps roaming prices to prevent shock bills

Horrific mobile roaming bills should be a thing of the past in Europe, thanks to a new cap on charges.

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.