ODD suppliers accused of price fixing

A Connecticut-based electronics retailer has filed a suit against several major optical disk drive manufacturers, accusing them of price fixing.

Americans turn to the net for their news

The writing may be on the wall for newspapers - or on the screen, at least. A new report from the Pew Internet and American Life project says that online news has taken over from print as the third most popular way for Americans to get their news.

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.

Japanese engineers develop flying chair

It's much, much more fun being old in Japan. While we get boring old wheelchairs, they get flying ones.

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.

Ouch! Yelp faces class action lawsuit

Business review site Yelp may be feeling a little hangdog. After being accused last year of offering to take down bad reviews in return for advertising, it's facing a class action lawsuit over its alleged practices.

Google responsible for video content, court rules

Three senior Google execs have been convicted by an Italian court of invading privacy, after a video of a schoolboy with Down's Syndrome was posted online.

The Perfect Storm is the perfect movie, say scientists

We suspect Cornell University's James Cutting is after a job in Hollywood. He and his team have applied cognitive psychology to work out which films are the most engrossing. Based on modern perception research, they deconstructed 70 years of film, shot by shot.

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.

FTC ticks off dozens of firms over security breaches

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned almost 100 organisations that they're making personal information about their customers available to all and sundry.

Prototype car learns to drive itself

An EU-funded project has created a car that learns from its driver - all very well, we reckon, as long as the driver is halfway competent.

Meedan website shows news from another perspective

A new website aims to foster Arab-western understanding by translating articles from the Arabic press into English.

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.

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.

Man charged with porn offences after Russian billboard hack

An elderly Russian driver reportedly had a heart attack at the wheel, after a prankster hacked into a mainframe to beam a porn film onto a giant billboard.

Hubble reveals creation of massive galaxy

There's slow developers everywhere, and the Hubble space telescope has discovered the astronomical equivalent: a group of small, ancient galaxies that have waited 10 billion years to get round to building a large elliptical galaxy.