The green credentials of biofuel crops have been sullied in recent years. Rienk van Grondelle believes the answer to the world's clean energy needs will be super-efficient algae
Droughts, floods, sea-level rises and fiercer storms likely to undermine progress in developing world and hit food supply
Caspar van Vark unpicks the complex link between irrigation systems and mosquitoes in Africa
Metadata in Twitter posts lets readers in on your geographic location, the language you speak, the phone you use, and more. They're also a mapmaker's best friend.
Mix 3-D printers and biomimicry and what do you get? Products that are as strong, resilient, versatile--and biodegradable--as most things in nature.
A hairy crab named after US actor David Hasselhoff hitched a ride on an ocean "super-highway" to colonise deep sea vents in the Atlantic.
The Cassini probe in orbit around Saturn is going to picture the ringed planet in a special photo that also includes a distant Earth.
NASA might not be able to save its damaged space telescope Kepler, but it could begin a second career spotting new worlds with a gravitational lens
Meet Heath, the first baby born using a new hormone that should reduce risk of a dangerous IVF-related condition
Wearable infrared sensors will give firefighters vital information about temperature and layout when they enter a burning, smoke-filled building
Google admits its new balloon-based connectivity project is a "moonshot" to bring the last two-thirds of the global population online. How realistic is the audacious plan?
For the first time in modern history, the world has been producing more farmed fish than farmed beef. It's not good news for the environment
Half of NASA's newest astronaut recruits are women, but that wasn't always the case.
A recently mapped genome of the famous albino gorilla Snowflake shows he was born to an uncle and a niece, a new study says.
Research shows how much the NSA could glean from call records, and why efforts to downplay the significance of such metadata are misleading.
Google is demanding that a secret intelligence court allow it to share some details about surveillance requests for user data.
There may be killer asteroids headed for Earth, and NASA has decided to do something about it
The prevalence of GPS in cars and smartphones makes it a popular option for getting where you're going. But according to a survey by Michelin, it still leads drivers astray occasionally, and many still rely on plain old paper in one form or another.
The Indian government will shut down the country's 160-year old telegraph service in mid-July. The decision risks leaving lawyers, soldiers and government officials without a trusty communication tool.
An industry secret for years, 3-D printing is spreading quickly to the masses. Amazon has unveiled a dedicated section for 3-D printing, including desktop models from Brooklyn, N.Y.-based start-up MakerBot. And anyone can buy a 3-D printer from Staples.
BioWatch, which has cost more than $1 billion so far, is designed to detect large-scale biological attacks. But Homeland Security officials say small-scale attacks are more likely to occur.
A keen eye and extensive knowledge of feathers allows forensic ornithologist Carla Dove (yes, that's her name) figure out from feather and bone fragments which type of bird crashed into a plane or was eaten by a snake. But the expertise has an uncertain future.
Men who caught up on sleepless nights had better response to their body's insulin
New machine is part of continued push to lead the world into era of exascale computing
Males of a particular species go limp just as the deed is done
Breeding birds find several ways to cope with summer's constant daylight
Audience reaction may have little to do with the quality of the performance
Healthy baby born to woman who was given naturally occurring hormone kisspeptin to stimulate egg production
Researchers find vast cityscape hidden under deep vegetation linking the Cambodian temples complex
The brain of a dragonfly has to do some serious calculations -- and fast -- if it hopes to nab a mosquito or midge in midair. It has to predict the trajectory of its prey, plot a course to intersect ...