E-readers can make reading easier for those with dyslexia

As e-readers grow in popularity as convenient alternatives to traditional books, researchers at the Smithsonian have found that convenience may not be their only benefit.

Are more wind turbines the answer?

A new study appears to back up the idea that building more wind power in order to meet peak demand – even if the turbines sometimes produce more energy than the grid needs – could be a better strategy than spending resources on trying to store the energy in batteries.

Red cedar tree study shows that Clean Air Act is reducing pollution, improving forests

A collaborative project involving a Kansas State University ecologist has shown that the Clean Air Act has helped forest systems recover from decades of sulfur pollution and acid rain.

Online game companies should battle gaming addiction or else

  Online game companies need to be more socially responsible for over-addictive use of their products to avoid government intervention, according to a new study by Cardiff, Derby and Nottingham Trent universities.

Report: Video gamers really do see more detail

Hours spent at the video gaming console not only train a player's hands to work the buttons on the controller, they probably also train the brain to make better and faster use of visual input, according to Duke University researchers.

Pentagon eyes alternate-reality games

The research arm of the United States intelligence community is known as IARPA, an acronym for the Intelligence Advanced Research Agency.

GM accelerates self-driving vehicles

A vehicle capable of driving itself may sound like something out of a science fiction story, but General Motors (GM) expects to equip its vehicles with such technology by the middle of this decade.

Claim: Beer makes men smarter

It is common knowledge that alcohol impairs judgement - if consumed in sufficient quantity.

Homophobia greater in closet gays

It's a long-standing piece of folk wisdom - and research now indicates it's true. Many homophobic people have a strong physical attraction to their own sex.

Claims of psychic ability fail to stack up

A group of British scientists has failed to replicate the findings of a controversial study that appeared to show the existence of psychic abilities.

Tighter regulation needed for fracking, says report

Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations, or fracking, to extract natural gas doesn't cause groundwater contamination, a new report has found.

Is Facebook more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol?

I'm sure we all know people who just can't seem to put down their smartphone and stay off Twitter or Facebook for even a couple of hours at a time.

Get on your bike and save the world?

The European Cyclists' Federation has taken the trouble to calculate just how far greenhouse gas emissions could be cut if we all followed their example.

Teen sexting neither widespread or serious, study finds

We're worrying too much about teen sexting, according to two new studies from the University of New Hampshire Crimes against Children Research Center.

Thawing permafrost affects climate more than thought

As the Arctic warms, thawing permafrost will release greenhouse gases  faster and in greater amounts than previously believed.

Parents help kids lie to get on Facebook

Most underage Facebook users are joining the site with the full knowledge - and even help - of their parents.

Long-term study of cellphone use finds no cancer link

In what's described as the largest ever study on the cancer risk of cellphones, Danish researchers have found no link between phone use and brain tumors.

Children absorb more cellphone radiation

A new study from the Environmental Health Trust has found that  children absorb twice as much microwave radiation from phones as do adults.

Most hacking attacks easily avoidable, says government report

Most of the last year's high profile hacking attacks could easily have been avoided, according to a Federal study.

Daily deal sites in decline

Make the most of daily deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial - because they're set for a big decline, according to a Rice University professor.