People guzzling concoctions of worms to relieve their immune disorders are inspiring scientists to take parasite therapy seriously.

Europe's energy consumers will find themselves paying a high price for Germany's decision to get out of nuclear power.

There are more cows than people here in Nirranda South, three hours south-west of Melbourne, making it the perfect spot to test a technology that remains hugely controversial. I am at a facility run by Australia's Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC). If anyone can convince the public that carbon capture and storage can reliably reduce carbon dioxide emissions it's these guys. Even Friends of the Earth, Australia - which opposes the approach - has grudging respect for the research done here.

Turning waste heat into pyroelectricity could make solar cells and power stations more efficient.

Tracing disease outbreaks down to individual cities via social networking could help track dengue's spread.

The carbon tax is unlikely to change the country's status as the largest per-capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the developed world.

While those experiencing drought hope for rain, it could bring a worse problem with it: an aggressive strain of the fungal crop disease yellow rust.

After years of hype, controversy and disappointment, stem cell treatments may finally be poised to reach masses of patients.

As mining companies prepare to exploit the copper and gold in the seabed, the author explore the fate of the unique ecosystems around tectonic boundaries.

Let's see if we can mine the ores around hydrothermal vents without destroying the marine habitat in the process. (Editorial)