The extinction of any species makes for headline news, but none more so than the Neanderthals. The death of our hominid relatives tens of thousands of years ago instils a particularly morbid fear that we're about to share their fate.
A mysterious island has materialised in a methane lake on Saturn’s largest moon – only to vanish just weeks later.
Google just launched their prototype smartglasses in the UK, two years after they hit the US.
Nothing we can engineer has come close to replicating the placenta’s ability to act as the kidney, lungs, hormone source, nutrition channel and waste disposal unit for a growing foetus.
New research suggests that the human impact coincided with a natural decrease in population size.
The first purchase orders have been made for the Skunk Riot Control Copter, a terrifying unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with paintballs, pepper spray and blinding flashlights.
New app Yo takes our phobia of interaction to a new level – digital communication is now bored of words.
We're increasing our presence on the last uncolonised continent on Earth for the sake of science, but recent research claims greater measures are needed to protect the Antarctic.
The most recent snakebite death in the UK was in 1975. If only that were true elsewhere: snakebites kill up to 94,000 people and necessitate hundreds of thousands of amputations every year.
Biz Stone clearly left some libertarian coding in Twitter’s DNA. Following Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, Twitter could proudly say that it had not co-operated.
What the launch of Amazon’s smartphone tells us about the company’s future strategy.
New study suggests broccoli-sprout beverages help the body detoxify airborne pollutants, though it's not quite a "detox".
Thousands of "potentially avoidable" suicides occurred during the first two years of the recession in Europe and North America, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Crustaceans really are spineless, according to a recent study in the journal Science.
Spermatozoa in desert ants bind together to increase their speed, according to researchers in Belgium.
The revolution in IT and how it is transforming our world in ways that even economists are struggling to understand.
The UN has added its voice to the growing cry to rebrand substance abuse disorders as an issue of public health – a matter for doctors, not police.
The British are infamous for struggling with languages. At every level above primary school, dwindling numbers of students are choosing to study foreign languages. Innovative new apps may be set to change all that.
A computer programme has succeeded in passing the Turing Test, 65 years after it was first conceived of by the father of artificial intelligence, Alan Turing.
Don’t be fooled by its seas of scented acid-yellow blooms, the plant otherwise known as canola is one of the world’s most unethical crops.
This could prove a neater way to investigate the fundamental building blocks of nature than examining the debris created by high-energy particle collisions.
From the Romans to Twitter, the hash sign – or octothorpe – has had a rich history, and now this innocuous little character has found a mighty resurgence as the hashtag. What happened along the way?
The new process could provide a clean way of doing particle physics experiments.
Using technology about to be approved for medical use, we can now program computers to identify a possible target and decide whether to fire weapons at it.
The rise in the use of Twitter bots and automated accounts, particularly by politicians and campaigns, is skewing what we see as trends.
Hopefully, we'll soon be launching a mission to Mars from the UK.
Nowadays, the area of study called “earth systems science” uses many ideas originally championed by Lovelock, though people are still allergic to the name Gaia.
Not just a faded poster on a lab wall, but “as impressive as the Pyramids or any of the other wonders of the world”. The table also holds the key to finding replacements for antibiotics.