Times LIVE Top 10 Sci-Tech stories of 2012
Here are the top Science and Technology stories of 2012:
1 Drillers find 52 million year old rainforest off Antarctica
Drilling of the seabed off Antarctica has revealed that rainforest grew on the frozen continent 52 million years ago, scientists say.
The study of sediment cores drilled from the ocean floor off Antarctica's east coast revealed fossil pollens that had come from a "near-tropical" forest covering the continent in the Eocene period, 34-56 million years ago.
2 Latest High-res colour pictures from Mars: gallery
NASA has shown off the first high-resolution, colour portrait images taken by the Mars rover Curiosity, detailing a mound of layered rock where scientists plan to focus their search for the chemical ingredients of life on the Red Planet.
The stunning images reveal distinct tiers near the base of the 5-km tall mountain that rises from the floor of the vast, ancient impact basin known as Gale Crater, where Curiosity landed on August 6 to begin its two-year mission.
3 Curiosity Rover's first short spin around Mars: latest pictures
Curiosity took its first test drive around the gravel-strewn Martian terrain Wednesday, preparation for the ultimate road trip to find out if life could have existed on the red planet.
The six-wheel NASA rover did not stray far from the spot where it landed more than two weeks ago. It rolled forward about 4.6 meters, rotated to a right angle and reversed a short distance, leaving track marks on the ancient soil.
4 Could the iPhone 5 look something like this?
While Tim Cook and Apple may be remaining tight-lipped on the next-gen iPhone, one design firm has analysed online rumours surrounding the much anticipated 'iPhone 5' and produced a series of concept images.
5 Curiosity sends stunning pictures from Mars
After its first day on Mars, Nasa’s rover has sent back to Earth stunning images of its crater landing site and the mountain it aims to climb in the hunt for signs of life.
The landing of the $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory and nuclear-powered robot Curiosity late Sunday opened a new chapter in the history of interplanetary exploration by touching down on the Red Planet.
6 Titanic II to set sail in 2016
An Australian billionaire has announced plans to build a replica of the Titanic that will make its maiden voyage from England to New York in 2016.
Weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic, Clive Palmer announced Monday he has signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the Titanic II.
7 'Sumptuous Erotica' has Singapore university hot under the collar
The National University of Singapore says that it will question a Malaysian law student over a sexually explicit blog that has caused a scandal in both countries.
8 Nile monitor lizard loose in Colorado mountains
A 1.83-metre, 11-kg Nile monitor lizard has escaped from his owner in a Colorado mountain community.
Authorities are warning residents to keep children and small pets indoors until the carnivorous reptile is captured.
9 World's most venomous snake kills Australian
A man has died in Australia after being bitten by one of the world's most venomous snakes -- a rare fatality despite the country being home to the planet's 10 deadliest species.
Andrew Vaughan's body was found by a search party last week after he went missing while checking power lines in dense bushland near Yeppoon, 700 kilometres (430 miles) north of Brisbane.
10 New monkey species found in the Congo
A team of scientists says it has identified a new species of monkey in central Africa that had been known to the locals simply as lesula.
It is a medium sized, slender animal that looks similar to an owl-faced monkey already known to scientists.