Facebook posts are more memorable than faces

Facebook posts are easier to remember than books or even faces - so much so that the difference in memory between posts and printed words is as big as the difference between normal people and amnesiacs.

Engineered algae produce complex anti-cancer drug

Biologists at UC San Diego have genetically engineered algae to produce a complex and expensive human cancer treatment - raising hopes for the cheap mass production of this and other designer drugs.

Machine learning could lead to Google for Music

Using what they call 'game-powered machine learning', the team says music lovers would be able to search every song on the web with a simple text search using key words like 'funky' or 'spooky electronica'.

Tiny subs built to clear up oil spills

After the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago, there's been an increasing amount of attention devoted to cleaning up oil spills.

Plants responding to climate change more than thought

Experiments on how plants respond to climate change may have lulled us into a false sense of security by dramatically underestimating the effects.

'Nanoforest' turns water to hydrogen fuel

University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are building a forest of tiny nanowire trees in order to capture solar energy and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation.

Tiniest room-temperature laser created

Scientists have created the smallest-ever laser to work at room temperature, as well as one that doesn't waste a single photon.

Team builds first artificial cell membrane

Chemists have made a big step towards the creation of a completely artificial life form.

Bacteria used to create living 'neon signs'

Scientists have created a living 'neon sign' made of millions of bacterial cells fluorescing in unison.

CO2 uptake data casts doubt on climate models

The global uptake of carbon by land plants could be much higher than previously thought, meaning that the carbon cycle models used to predict climate change could be wrong.

Team develops 'skin-like' brain-machine interface

A thin, wearable brain-machine interface could allow patients to be monitored outside of hospital, or let soldiers communicate silently in the field.

Smell-O-Vision is back!

More than fifty years since the one and only film to use Smell-O-Vision was screened, engineers have developed a small box that can fit on the back of a television and pump out odors.

Phase-change memory device knocks SSDs off their perch

A University of California, San Diego team will next week demonstrate a phase-change memory solid state storage device that's thousands of times faster than a conventional hard drive.

World's business data nears ten zettabytes per year

We're a talkative species (some more so than others - ed.), but even so, it's something of a surprise to see just how much information's being exchanged every day on the internet - 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes per year, to be precise.

Intense global warming was frequent in ancient past

Frequent periods of intense global warming took place in the distant past, say researchers at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

'Liberal gene' is identified

A liberal outlook may be partly genetic, according to a team of US scientists.