21 September 2011 Last updated at 06:06 ET By Kate Dailey BBC News Magazine Extraordinary individuals: Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Ludwig van Beethoven The annual awarding of MacArthur Foundation grants means that another 22 people are going to find themselves called "genius".
Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons : they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade. The exploit was published on Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology , where - exceptionally in scientific publishing - both gamers and researchers are honoured as co-authors.
15 September 2011 Last updated at 09:16 GMT Formal delineation of dolphin species is notoriously tricky
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Scientists scanning the deep interior of Earth have found evidence of a vast water reservoir beneath eastern Asia that is at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean. The discovery marks the first time such a large body of water has found in the planet's deep mantle. [ The World's Biggest Oceans and Seas ]
SAN FRANCISCO -- A solar cell the size of a stamp.
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You're not just imagining it -- you do get shorter as you get older, new research reveals.
THIS is the moment a group of chimpanzees sees daylight for the first time in 30 years — after being locked in cages for medical testing.
13 September 2011 Last updated at 08:26 ET By Hamish Pritchard Science Reporter, Bradford Our faces betray a range of emotions; the thermal sensor even detects changes in blood vessels A sophisticated new camera system can detect lies just by watching our faces as we talk, experts say.
Scientists chasing a particle they believe may have played a vital role in creation of the universe indicated last week that they were coming to accept that it might not exist after all. But they stressed that if the so-called Higgs boson turns out to have been a mirage, the way would be open for advances into territory dubbed “new physics” to try to answer one of the great mysteries of the cosmos. The CERN research center, whose giant Large Hadron Collider has been the focus of the search, said it had reported to a conference in Mumbai that possible signs of the Higgs noted last month were now seen as less significant.