A stretchable battery for flexible electronics

A newly-developed, stretchable lithium-ion battery could be used in the human body to power bionic implants and monitor brain or heart activity.

Ancient microbes tough it out in Antarctic lake

Scientists have discovered a group of microorganisms capable surviving one of the toughest environments on our planet: ancient bacteria living under 65 feet of ice at the bottom of a brine-filled lake in Antarctica. 

Scientists print out 'walking' biological machines

It sounds like something dreamt up by a science fiction writer, but scientists have created a walking 'bio-bot' made from rat heart cells and hydrogels, using a 3-D printer.

EEG shows aptitude for video games

Scientists say they can predict who will improve most on an unfamiliar video game by looking at their brain waves using an EEG.

Dissolvable electronics do their job, then disappear

Researchers have developed tiny electronic devices that can be used in medical implants and which melt right away when they're finished with.

Viruses 'fourth major branch of life'

Viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants, new research indicates, and should be regarded as a fourth major branch of life.

Ocean methane source explained

Scientists say they've finally established where the ocean's methane is coming from.

Oldest Asian human skull discovered

The discovery of a skull in a cave in Laos has pushed back the date of human migration into southern Asia by 20,000 years.

Self-healing circuits fix themselves after damage

University of Illinois engineers have developed a way of automatically restoring electrical conductivity to a cracked circuit in less time than it takes to blink.

Supercomputer forecasts political unrest

A supercomputer at the University of Tennessee could have predicted the location of Osama Bin Laden to within 125 miles through analysis of the mood of international news stories and the geographical locations they mentioned.

New pen writes electrical circuits

There's a new way to create electric circuits that could be key to the creation of disposable electronic devices: write them with a pen.

Good at games? Thank your basal ganglia

Researchers say they can predict a person's ability at video games simply by giving them an MRI.

Invisibility cloak hides underwater objects from sonar

University of Illinois researchers have developed an acoustic cloak, making underwater objects invisible to sonar and other ultrasound waves.

Nvidia GPUs boost molecular biology research

Dr. Klaus Schulten of the University of Illinois is tapping GPU-powered computing to increase the speed and accuracy of microscopy-based simulations.