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Chemical giant Ineos plans to launch a major survey to find new fracking sites in the UK

Ineos on the seismic search for new UK fracking sites

4 May 2016

Petrochemical giant Ineos said it will carry out a large-scale seismic survey this summer to find new fracking sites in northern England.

IBM's prototype quantum processor does not look anything like its traditional counterpart

IBM opens its quantum processor to public via cloud

4 May 2016

IBM is letting members of the public sample the computing capabilities of its quantum processor via the cloud.

Valkyrie - a Martian servant

Star Wars-inspired humanoid robot ready for Mars by 2025

4 May 2016

A humanoid robot resembling Star Wars robot C-3PO has been built by Edinburgh University researchers to go to Mars as a vanguard ahead of a human mission.

Google has defended its data acquisition saying it will improve patient safety

Data privacy threats: Google acquires NHS info; FBI data requests up

4 May 2016

A Google artificial intelligence (AI) programme has been given access to an estimated 1.6 million NHS patient files, New Scientist claims.

Who writes better: humans or robots?

Robot-authored news stories rated 'more credible' by humans

4 May 2016

Readers tend to find news stories generated by artificial intelligence algorithms more credible, although they gain more pleasure from reading pieces written by human journalists, a study has found.

100 driverless Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans are set to be produced for testing on US roads

Google doubles driverless fleet, adding Chrysler minivans

4 May 2016

Google has announced it intends to double the size of its fleet of driverless cars and introduce 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.

A company in China claims to have developed the world's first graphene-based paper

Graphene-based electronic paper developed in China

3 May 2016

The world’s first graphene-based electronic paper for use in both hard and flexible displays for electronic devices has been developed in China.

The cheap lasers could be manufactured for just a few cents each

Disposable organic lasers developed with inkjet printing

3 May 2016

Printed lasers that are so cheap that they could be disposed of after every use have been developed by a team of French and Hungarian researchers.

Solar Impulse 2 flying over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Arizona after successful 16-hour flight

3 May 2016

Solar Impulse 2, the plane powered by solar power only, has landed safely in Arizona after almost 16 hours in flight.

Dial to measure how your lungs are doing

Lung function measured by blowing into phone

3 May 2016

Engineers have developed a system, dubbed the SpiroCall, which measures the lung function of people with conditions such as asthma or cystic fibrosis by blowing into any type of phone.

The Bitcoin Foundation has backed Wright's claims but some are still not convinced

Bitcoin creator reveals identity but some unconvinced

3 May 2016

The creator of Bitcoin, formerly identified with the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, has revealed his true identity, but crypto-currency experts have cast doubt on his claims.

More time in the sandpit for the ExoMars rover as launch delayed by two years

ExoMars, European Mars rover project, faces two-year delay

3 May 2016

ExoMars, Europe’s first Martian rover, is facing a two-year delay in its mission to blast off towards the Red Planet, as the project is progressing slower than initially expected.

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