Researchers in Switzerland say they have made microchips that imitate the way our brains process information, unlocking some of the mystery around how the world's most efficient computer functions.
Mountaineer, father, weight loss king: there's a lot more to Luis Bárcenas, the scandal-hit ex-treasurer of Spain's ruling Popular Party, than meets the eye. Join The Local as we take a peek behind the curtains at the man they used to call Tarzan.
The US space agency said on Tuesday it is launching a second investigation into a leaking helmet that forced an abrupt halt to an Italian astronaut's spacewalk last week.
Spanish children are among the biggest losers in Spain's crisis with pocket money totals falling fast, new figures on the spending habits of Spanish households show.
Star violinist Gidon Kremer has invited the biggest names in classical music to perform a concert with him in Berlin to draw attention to human rights in Russia, organisers said.
The head of Swiss telecom operator Swisscom, Carsten Schloter, was found dead at his home near Fribourg on Tuesday after he committed suicide, the company said.
Fredrikstad district court has brought charges against a 48-year-old man suspected of molesting eight underage boys in a series of assaults spanning a decade.
The hot spell - otherwise known as a real summer - currently delighting most of Germany is set to be punctuated by storms and downpours of rain in many areas over the coming couple of days.
A rescue operation was under way on Tuesday for three Spanish climbers who went missing in bad weather in the mountains of northern Pakistan, officials said.
Looking for a good book about France to read this summer? Look no further. The Local has asked authors who have written best-selling books about France and staff from Anglo bookshops in the country to name their favourite reads. See below if you agree with their choices.
The leader of the Swedish opposition wants the government to appoint a crisis commission to probe energy giant Vattenfall's purchase of Nuon, which after Tuesday's writedown is worth 42 percent of its original price.
An Italian man is under police watch in a Salerno hospital after allegedly killing his mother and cooking parts of the body.
The murder of a Swedish sex worker has garnered attention across the globe, and has activist Pye Jacobsson questioning Sweden's prostitution laws and the misconceptions surrounding the line of work.
One in six Germans take their holidays at the same place every year, a new survey shows. Whether they reserve the same sun lounger each time around remains open to question.
Spanish celebrity couple Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem welcomed the arrival of their new baby daughter on Monday, on the same day that Britain's Royals greeted a new member of their own family.
A Swedish study has revealed that mice with high levels of a particular human enzyme demonstrate anxiety-like behaviour, a finding which could lead to new drugs against anxiety and depression.
A 1950 Chateau Petrus is set to put its wine-loving future owner back 25,000 kroner ($4,200) as almost 2,000 valuable vintages are set go under the hammer at the Norwegian alcohol monopoly's upcoming wine auction.
Italy's financial police on Tuesday said four Chinese businessmen were under investigation after officers seized 18 million counterfeit goods, including clothes, toys and kitchenware, in two raids in Padua and Rome.
Tensions between police and Muslim youths in France's poor suburbs are simmering after the weekend's "veil riots". With news that an investigation has been launched into racist remarks posted on an unofficial police Facebook group the bad-feeling will only increase.
French video sharing site Dailymotion will remain in French hands and not be sold to US internet giant Yahoo! after all, it was announced on Tuesday. In May the French government stirred up a hornet's nest on both sides of the Atlantic by blocking the sale.
Spanish politician Toni Cantó, famous for his many gaffes has failed to win friends by mocking the diction of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a tweet.
The state-owned energy giant is shearing off its Nordic operations from its continental business, as Vattenfall announced on Tuesday it was writing down its assets by 29.7 billion kronor ($4.5 billion).
German mobile phone operator E-Plus has been sold to Spain's Telefonica, to be merged with the O2 brand, creating the biggest operator in Germany, it was announced on Tuesday.
Oslo airport managers hope to issue a one-way ticket to the past for Norway's costly luggage carousel, which requires passengers transferring from an international to a domestic flight to check out and check back in their luggage.
More than 18,000 tweets about the birth of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first son came from Italy.
Will he stay or will he go? With the arrival of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani at French champions PSG speculation has risen that star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be heading for the exit. Not true, says the Swede. Can we believe him?
London has New Bond Street, Milan has the "The Golden Quad", now fashion-conscious Stockholmers have "Library Town". The Local finds out what's in the name and why a walk around the city's fashion district may involve a delve into the history books.
The head of Telenor kept relatively mum about developments in Myanmar, where the Norwegian telecom company has been awarded a licence that will move forward after law reform in the Asian country.
With Stockholm Pride just around the corner, it seems high time to profile some of the country's colourful queers who have proudly come out of the closet.
The crisis hit Spanish economy remained in recession in the second quarter but seemed close to a recovery thanks to exports, the Bank of Spain said on Tuesday.
Ahead of the 100th birthday of one of the last Nazi criminals alive, calls have grown in Italy for him to finally apologize for his role in the massacre of more than 300 people in caves outside Rome at the end of the Second World War.
A frustrated German mayor has called in the hunters after a gaggle of Canada geese messing up his little lakeside town failed to show him any respect. "They just looked at me," he said of his attempts to persuade them to leave.
As royalists around the world crow over the British babe, Swedish historians are hailing the Swedish queen who wore men's clothes in an exhibition dedicated to Queen Christina, once immortalized by Greta Garbo on the silver screen.
A man has died after being attacked by a neo-Nazi in one of two violent attacks on foreigners in Germany over the past few days. The second incident involved members of the Bundeswehr throwing fireworks at a home for refugees.
Spain's Princess Letizia took time out from royal duties on Sunday to enjoy the final night of the massive Benicàssim music (FIB) festival.
Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica is set to become Germany's largest mobile communications provider in terms of subscriber numbers after snapping up Dutch telco KPN's E-Plus in a tasty deal.
The world's biggest watchmaking group Swatch reported on Tuesday that net profit growth slowed in the first half of the year, but still beat analysts' expectations.
Norwegian telecom company Telenor on Tuesday announced a 25.7 billion kroner ($4.3 billion) profit for the second quarter of 2013, citing strong growth in Asia while also grumbling about regulatory obstacles in Bangladesh and India.
The Norwegian rape victim felled for extra-marital sex in Dubai has said she can't wait "to go home to mum", following her pardon by Emirati authorities on Monday.
A Guatemalan court has ordered the freezing of assets held by ex-president Alfonso Portillo in France, Switzerland and Luxembourg, the nation's top prosecutor says.
Parisians are known for their impatience when they get behind a wheel but for one driver in the French capital his irritation at being held up at a red light has left him fighting for his life.
A woman who was last seen over three weeks ago in western Sweden is now believed to have been murdered, police announced on Tuesday.
Most of the world got on with business on Monday while hundreds of journalists watched the door of a London hospital. Somewhere behind it a royal heir was being born. Our media roundup offers you the best from the German press.
While the Labour Party youth wing wants July 22nd to become an international day against racism and right-wing extremism, they face opposition not only from terror victim support groups but from their own party.
The ex-wife of Roberto Calderoli, the Northern League MP who likened Italy's first black minister to an ape, has said his words were chosen purely to get votes.
The scandals affecting Spain's political sphere have spilled over into the judiciary with the head of the country's Constitutional Court in trouble for failing to declare he was the member of a political party.
A proposal to create Europe’s highest bungee jumping attraction in the Bernese Oberland is facing opposition from locals already concerned about the high number of fatalities from base jumping.
VIDEO: France's heatwave is set to come to a dramatic end in the north of the country with storm warnings in place for 36 departments. In a sign of what is to come several people were left injured and streets flooded when a violent storm hit Caen on Monday.
Archaeologists working near the northern Spanish city of Burgos are searching for the remains of the "oldest Europeans" who lived a million years ago.
Laura Prati, the mayor of the northern town of Cardano al Campo, died on Monday evening after being shot earlier this month.
Live blogs, round-the-clock coverage on 24-hour news channels – the French media were well and truly struck down by royal baby fever this week. Some commentators even suggested it was because the French missed having their own royal family.
Three tourists were admitted to hospital in the northern region of Veneto on Monday night for suspected food poisoning after eating salami.
Former Newell's Old Boys and Paraguay national team manager Gerardo Martino is set to become the new Barcelona coach, numerous sources in the Spanish media reported on Monday.
So you are keen to take a break and really want to make it count? There are a thousand things you have to get right to make sure your holiday is jam-packed with all the right stuff and make the most of your time.
As Stockholm's population continues to soar, its housing market becomes as difficult to conquer as ever. Liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji ponders how this housing situation can be fixed.
Loewe, Germany's last major manufacturer of high-end televisions, is fighting for survival in a sector increasingly dominated in recent years by Asian rivals, filing for protection from its creditors as it hunts for new investors.
Panama's foreign minister on Monday defended his government's handling of an Italian request for the arrest and extradition of a former CIA station chief wanted for the kidnapping of an Egyptian militant.
Italy has unlocked €15.7 billion in state debt arrears to private companies as part of the first of two 20-billion-euro tranches, the finance ministry said on Monday.
A Swedish woman who was suffering from leukemia has told how doctors initially prescribed her with nasal spray and sent her home.
Roger Federer said on Monday that he will spend this week at the Swiss Open in Gstaad testing his new larger tennis racquet and will make a decision later on whether to use it in the run-up to the US Open and beyond.
A man has been charged with aggravated fraud after he conned internet users in Sweden into parting with over 400,000 kronor ($61,100) for items that the buyers never received.
The Germany government has for the first time published a list of jobs it wants to fill with workers from outside the European Union to counter labour shortages in the ageing nation.
We finish our summer tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites with a peak at the ruins of Lorsch abbey - one-time educational and healing centre of Medieval Europe.