Facebook 'Likes' give your secrets away

Think carefully before you 'like' a particular song on Facebook: you could be giving away your sexual orientation, political views or even your drug use.

New features found in one of Earth's earliest animals

A lucky find has allowed scientists to identify one of the earliest evolutionary examples of limbs used for feeding, along with the oldest nervous system to stretch beyond the head in fossil record.

Microchip moves data in 3D

University of Cambridge scientists have created a new type of microchip which allows information to travel in three dimensions for the first time.

Elaborate globe may have been teaching toy

A mysterious 100-year-old Spanish globe appears to be an interactive teaching aid - 'perhaps the Wikipedia of its day', say researchers.

Quantum cryptography demonstrated over existing fiber lines

Unbreakable quantum cryptography could become a mainstream reality, following the discovery that it's possible to use it over today's fiber networks.

Supersymmetry theory thrown into a spin

In a blow to the highly-popular theory of supersymmetry, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN have spotted one of the rarest particle decays ever seen in nature.

Infrared reveals hidden supermassive black holes

University of Cambridge scientists have discovered a new set of enormous, rapidly growing supermassive black holes in the early universe.

Severity of Japanese tsunami explained

Scientists at Cambridge University say they've worked out why the tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011 was so much larger than expected.

Humans didn't breed with Neanderthals

Just as we were all getting used to being part-Neanderthal, Cambridge University scientists say we might not be, after all.

A million and a half years of climate history revealed

Scientists say they've made a major breakthrough in understanding Earth's climate machine by reconstructing highly accurate records of changes in ice volume and deep-ocean temperatures over the last 1.5 million years.

Team solves mystery of 'megafauna' extinctions

The long-ago extinctions of some of the world's largest animals were caused by both human activity and natural climate change, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

Earliest human ancestor discovered

British and canadian researchers have confirmed that a 505 million-year-old creature is the most primitive known vertebrate - and therefore the ancestor of us all.

Team beefs up solar cell efficiency

University of Cambridge scientists have developed a new type of solar cell that could increase the maximum efficiency of solar panels by over 25 percent.

CO2 emissions 'delaying ice age'

We have manmade global warming to thank for the fact that we're not all shivering in an ice age, according to research from Cambridge University that's likely to prove highly controversial.

Outdoor play leads to better eyesight

Booting your children outside to play can not only boost their physical fitness - it can cut the chances of their developing shortsightedness, researchers say.

'Artificial volcano' to be built in Norfolk field

A team of British scientists is to build what amounts to an artificial volcano, pumping sulphate particles into the atmosphere.

Chocolate makes for a healthy heart

Scoffing large amounts of chocolate could cut the risk of heart disease by a third, new research suggests.

Tropical forest growth could increase carbon levels

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have concluded that enhanced tree growth in tropical forests could stimulate micro-organisms and lead to a release of stored soil carbon.

Work makes you miserable - or that's what your phone says

People are happiest at home, and most miserable at work - that's the conclusion of a new study which tracks people’s emotional behaviour through their mobile phones.

Earth may be younger than previously believed

Creationists still won't like it, but a new study indicates that the Earth is rather younger than previously believed - up to 70 million years younger, says the team.