Professor John O’Keefe (above)  and Norwegian couple May-Britt and Edvard Moser won the 2014 Nobel Prize for medicine for discovering the brain’s internal positioning system, helping humans find their way and giving clues to how strokes and Alzheimer’s affect the brain. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

A scientist who was yesterday awarded the Nobel Prize is to receive an honorary doctorate from University College Cork later this year in recognitio(...)

It changed our world

Sixty years ago a pair of young and then little known scientists made a discovery that would change the world. Cambridge-based James Watson and(...)

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29/4/2013. - NEWS -

Nobel Laureate
 & Co-Discoverer of the Structure of the DNA Molecule, Prof. 
 James Watson, pictured at the opening of the Mater Hospitals 
 Oncology/Haematology Unit in Dublin on Monday. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / T

Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES
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The molecular double-helix structure of DNA

On this day 60 years ago a scientific-research paper was published that would change the world. James Watson and Francis Crick revealed the chemica(...)

The structure of DNA was a discovery but one based on practical chemistry

It must be a wonderful thing to discover something so important that the date it occurred becomes an annual day of celebration marked on a cale(...)

Unexpected consequences: Francis Crick and James Watson in Cambridge in the 1950s. Photograph: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives

Sixty years ago this year an important thoroughbred stallion was conceived, one that would later prove to carry an exceptional set of genes. Al(...)