Scientists at MIT have demonstrated the first laser that operates using the germanium element in a move that could bring us closer to optical computing.
The Russian army has been accused of dumping nuclear waste from a base in Latvia into the Baltic Sea in the early 1990s, according to a report on Swedish television.
Taiwan is planning to sign a $111m deal in the next few days to buy 20 helicopters from a European manufacturer in a move which could provoke an angry response from China.
Some morbidly obese people are missing a section of their DNA according to new research, which conjectures that such genetic problems could actually cause a propensity to obesity.
Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man 1” sculpture has smashed global auction records by selling for the equivalent of $104.4m at Sotheby’s auction house in London last night.
The Winter Olympics in Canada this month will be a chance to see more than just the figure skating, as the games are showcasing a “thought-controlled” lighting experiment.
While world leaders struggle to find a solution for climate change in a gas guzzling world, American researchers claim to have found a simple way to cool cities- painting them white.
The beleaguered chairman of the UN’s Nobel Prize-winning climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, has defended the panel’s credibility, calling climate skeptics’ criticism “skulduggery”.
The Nickel tax on disposable bags in Washington has inspired a trend of re-usable totes with local shoppers assembling a wardrobe of bags which are functional and fashionable.
Self-styled spiritual guru James Arthur Ray has been arrested and charged with three counts of manslaughter for a trio of deaths which happened after a sweat lodge ceremony in 2009.
Patients left in a “vegetative” state after suffering serious brain injury may still be able to understand and communicate according to groundbreaking new research.
A Pakistani neuroscientist who trained at an elite American university has been found guilty on two charges of attempted murder for trying to kill US agents in Afghanistan in 2008.
What impact will Disney’s first black princess have on kids? The Independent’s Paul McKenzie asks why even watching the advert has got his daughter so excited.
Mutation of the gene dubbed the “guardian angel” for its ability to protect the body from genetic instability leads to cellular changes responsible for triggering premature birth.
Failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is calling on the White House to fire Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for using the word “retarded” during a strategy session last year.