Scientists to swap dirty old kilogram for something more stable
After years of nurturing a sometimes dusty lump of metal as the global reference for modern mass, scientists are to redefine the kilogram - ditching a relic made of platinum-iridium alloy for something more up to date.
Scientists discover ancient iceman's final meal
Scientists have found out what an ancient iceman ate before he died.
NASA releases stunning low flyover over Jupiter's North Pole in 3-D
Scientists released this animation of a low flyover over Jupiter. It shows the cyclones and anticyclones on the planet’s polar regions. The data from Juno’s InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument was used to create a 3-D fly-around of the planet’s north pole.
Scientists read ancient sealed documents without opening them
Scientists in Switzerland have perfected a technique to read ancient, fragile documents without opening them. The work, at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), uses X-ray tomography to scan an entire book, page by page, without even touching it. Stuart MDill has more.
Japan volcanic islands may hold keys to coral survival
The key to the survival of the world's threatened coral reefs may lie in the waters surrounding a small volcanic island off the coast of Japan, scientists say.
Mosquitoes more attracted to already-infected blood
A team of scientists have discovered why malaria mosquitoes prefer to feed on blood from people infected with malaria, and their research could lead to new ways to fight the disease.
Brain-computer interface allows completely locked-in people to communicate
Scientists develop a way of communicating with patients who are totally paralysed and unable to talk by measuring the blood oxygen levels in their brains to decipher their thoughts.
Wheat grain size boosted by synthetic chemical
Scientists develop a synthetic molecule that has been shown to increase the size and starch content of wheat grains in the lab by up to 20 per cent, with possibly significant implications for global food security.