The camel cousin evolved fluff instead of fat because it was able to linger in an evolutionary slow lane, suggest newly sequenced genomes
Tractor beams, hoverboards and invisibility cloaks were once just futuristic impossibilities. Not any more Hey, Marty McFly! Hoverboard available on Kickstarter for $10,000
Parents of baby with fatal mitochondrial disease say techniques being considered by select committee could prevent them having another seriously ill child
Kip Thorne looks into the black hole he helped create and thinks, “Why, of course. That's what it would do.” This particular black hole is a simulation of unprecedented accuracy. It appears to spin at nearly the speed of light, dragging bits of the universe along with it. (That's gravity for you; relativity is superweird.) In theory it was once a star, but instead of fading or exploding, it collapsed like a failed soufflé into a tiny point of inescapable singularity. A glowing ring orbiting the spheroidal maelstrom seems to curve over the top and below the bottom simultaneously.
The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says.
Rebel planets orbit their stars the wrong way around – and prenatal turmoil may be to blame
A charming and poetic account of apiculture in Mark Winston's Bee Time reminds us why an ancient partnership between humans and bees needs saving
Use of a cattle drug that has devastated vulture populations in India is in decline, offering hope of recovery – but vultures in Europe may now be at risk
Ultrasound has been used to open the brain's protective sheath in people with aggressive brain tumours – to deliver chemo drugs directly to cancer cells
Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece's northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument's inner chambers, the culture ministry said on Tuesday.
In what the medical community is calling an incredible breakthrough, a Polish man who was left a quadriplegic after a stabbing, can walk again. The miraculous procedure involved doctors taking cells from his nose and implanting them into his spinal cord.
We think of the web as being 24/7, but in some parts of the globe, the Internet finds time to snooze
The World Health Organization says two vaccine candidates now undergoing small-scale tests of dosage and safety in people might be ready for broader deployment in Africa by early 2015.
Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances, doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.
9 million new cases and 1.5 million deaths in 2013
In a new book, San Francisco-based photographer Susan Middleton captures the curious gestures and expressions of marine invertebrates
The second in our series on the major inventions that shaped the information age revisits the London transmitter 2LO and the birth of British broadcasting Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World at the Science Museum, London, opens on Saturday 25 October
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a super-resolution image may be worth a thousand gigabytes and its changing the course of biomedical research
The winners of the Society of Biology's third annual photography contest include amazing images of a haunting leopard, an otherworldly spider, and Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring.
Bee colonies in Brisbane are waging war for months on end, according to a new study, and the victorious swarms are taking over the hives of rival species.
The Chinese space agency's newest space launch will test atmospheric re-entry technology ahead of a more complex mission to collect moon rocks in 2017
A woman's biological clock may also tell her cellular time. The number of eggs a woman has shows how fast her cells are ageing and predicts her heart disease risk
A comet making its first trip in from the Oort cloud was caught on camera before a near miss with four spacecraft currently orbiting the Red Planet
With the first quantum computer already on the market, and more in the offing, should you splash the cash? Here's our verdict on the best buys out there
Screening people as they cross borders never works well but stopping people leaving affected countries could have devastating consequences
Lab at the University of Texas at San Antonio gets Pentagon funding to see if brain waves can direct drone movement
Hundreds of thousands of cranes stop in Germany on their way to warmer climates
British scientists have developed a new washing machine that uses plastic beads to help get stains out of clothes. Major U.S. hotel chains are already using the new technology and engineers say they're working on model that can be used at home.
An ingenious technique reveals data that's been lost for 11 billion years
May, June, August and September have all been record-breaking months