Taking the universe's temperature

Astronomers have  made the most precise measurement ever of how the universe has cooled down during its 13.77 billion year history - putting the Big Bang theory to the test.

Beyond 'absolute zero' temperatures get hotter

It sounds like a contradiction in terms but scientists have reached temperatures that go beyond absolute zero in a lab, and get hotter as they do so.

And the weather on Mars is... really very pleasant

Preliminary weather reports from the Curiosity rover’s Remote Environment Monitoring Station (REMS) are showing some surprisingly mild temperatures during the day. 

July is US' hottest-ever month

According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous US last month was 77.6°F - 3.3°F above the 20th century average.

New iPad hits 116 degrees - mind your scrotum, chaps

The new iPad runs considerably hotter than its predecessor, tests have shown - making it perfect for reading in bed, perhaps, but alarming some users.

Cryoscope tells you the temperature with a touch

There are a few common things we all deal with in our daily lives, no matter where we live. Take the weather, for example.

Deep oceans store heat from global warming - for a while

The deep oceans can absorb enough heat to mask the effect of global warming for a decade at a time, say scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Superconductor research indicates new phase of matter

Scientists believe they've found an answer to a puzzling gap in the electronic structures of some high-temperature superconductors - and that the answer could be a previously-undiscovered phase of matter.

Bear hibernation could be key to space travel, say scientists

Black bears could hold a secret that could take people to the stars, say researchers who have for the first time examined their hibernation patterns in detail.

Using a laptop could damage sperm quality

Well, guys, now you have an excuse for sitting around with your legs wide apart in that way that irritates the opposite sex so deeply.

'Smart roof' could slash energy costs

A white roof reflects heat and cools a building; a dark one absorbs it. But until now there hasn't been a material that could do both.