Let your brain control your cellphone

Samsung is reportedly spending R&D money on developings ways to control a phone by the human brain.

'World's smallest wrench' could help build solar sails

Taking advantage of laser light's ability to gently push and pull microscopic particles, researchers have created what they're calling the world's smallest wrench.

'Oddball galaxy' is host to most massive black hole

University of Texas astronomers have discovered the most massive black hole to date.

Computer memory set for five-fold boost

Hard drive capacity could increase by five times, thanks to a new process currently being tested by supplier HGST.

Fracking linked to small earthquakes

Further evidence has emerged that injection wells associated with fracking cause minor earthquakes.

Antarctic ice shelf at tipping point

British and American scientists have discovered a previously unknown sub-glacial basin nearly the size of New Jersey beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) - and say it puts this area of the ice sheet at risk of collapse.

Genes shown to influence criminal behavior

Genes could be a strong predictor of whether a person becomes a career criminal, according to US scientists.

Double star could host habitable planet

Planets with two suns - like Star Wars' Tatooine - could really be habitable, astrophysicists have concluded - and they say they know where to look.

Ads in violent video games turn players against products

Embedding advertisements in violent video games has a totally counter-productive effect, putting users off products and lowering brand recall.

Astronomers 'weigh' heaviest black hole yet

Astronomers have measured the most massive known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood, weighing in at the equivalent of 6.6 billion suns.

Racial profiling doesn't add up

Statisticians at the University of Texas have demonstrated that using racial profiling to catch terrorists isn't just politically and ethically questionable - it's also not very effective.

World's most powerful microscope starts work

The world’s most powerful microscope is now peering away at tiny things at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Beetles beat Avatar to circular polarization

Jewel scarab beetles can see using circularly polarised light - the same as is used in 3D movies such as Avatar. And they don't even need special glasses.