Integration brings quantum computer a step closer

An international research group led by the University of Bristol has made an important advance towards a quantum computer by shrinking down key components and integrating them onto a silicon microchip.

First 'true' quantum calculation performed

An international research group has for the first time demonstrated a quantum algorithm that performs a true calculation, without needing to know the answer before the start.

Flowers use electrical signals to summon bees

Flowers 'advertise' the presence of nectar to bees using electrical signals, say University of Bristol researchers, by indicating whether they've recently been visited by another bee.

Vision evolved 700 million years ago

A huge computational analysis has revealed that opsins - the light-sensitive proteins key to vision - may have evolved earlier than previously believed.

Fish scale research could improve optical devices

A trick used by fish to overcome a basic law of physics could lead to improvements in the efficiency of LED lights.

Drink too much? Blame the glass

If you woke up over the weekend realising you'd overdone it a little the night before, the reason might be the glass you were drinking from.

CT scans reveal dinosaurs' table manners

While it's long been known that large herbivores like Diplodocus got through enormous amounts of plants, their exact eating habits have remained unknown.

Scientists are scared of math too

It's not just artistic types that find math a turn-off and try to avoid having to deal with it - scientists do the same.

Ancient stencils may show Neanderthal hands

The well-known cave paintings at El Castillo in Northern Spain possibly weren't produced by modern humans at all, say scientists, but by Neanderthals.

Earth took 10 million years to recover from mass extinction

The Earth's greatest mass extinction, 250 million years ago, was so severe that it took 10 million years for the planet to recover.

Chemical analysis can predict volcanic eruptions

Examining crystals formed deep within volcanoes could give a year's warning of impending eruptions, say scientists.

Fish cells inspire color-changing clothes

British researchers have mimicked the camouflaging abilities of creatures such as squid and zebrafish, in research that could help soldiers stay out of sight.

Paleontologists listen in on 165-million-year-old song

Ever wondered what the Jurassic sounded like? One group of paleontologists did. And through analysis of some cricket fossils and comparisons with modern insects, they reckon they've found out.

Magnetic soap could help clean up oil spills

British scientists have developed a soap that respondes to magnetic fields, meaning it could potentially be used to capture oil spills.

Algorithm predicts pop chart success

A team of British scientists reckon they can predict the success of a pop song with abut 60 percent accuracy using a machine learning algorithm.

Gold rained down on early Earth

All the gold in the Earth's crust was delivered there by meteorites, accoring to researchers at the University of Bristol.

Bumpers don't help iPhone death grip

The 'death grip' that interferes with a smartphone's signal is real and widespread, according to scientists at the University of Bristol.

Scientists work to make car fuel from thin air

UK researchers reckon they are on track to take carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into car fuel.