Conor Walsh’s soft-robotics glove made with off-the-shelf components, which can be controlled to assist a human hand in flexing fingers or grasping objects

When it comes to designing a robot nowadays, it pays to be flexible. The concept of a robot usually brings to mind a humanoid shape, made of metal,(...)

Dr Ginevra Castellano with one of her ‘emphatic robotic tutors’. Photograph: University of Birmingham 3:38

The next generation of robots is going to have a new mix of talents, capable of teaching students the delights of maths or working as a care giver in (...)

Both the Irish Rugby Football Union and the International Rugby Board have recently put in place protocols to assess the severity of head shocks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two researchers from the University of Birmingham have unveiled a series of biological tests to diagnose concussions in sports injuries. Prof Tony Bel(...)

Fountains of lava, up to 60 meters high, spurt from a fissure in the ground on the north side of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland on September 2nd. Photograph: Reuters

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano continues to rumble, threatening to blow its top and throw tonnes of ash into the atmosphere like the Eyjafjallajökull v(...)

Homer predicted the mass of the Higgs Boson 14 years before it was discovered Image: Fox/Handout/Reuters

Popular science writer Simon Singh called The Simpsons “the most mathematical show in TV history” yesterday at the British Science Festival in Birming(...)

A section of the stone circle of Stonehenge near Amesbury, England: Laser-based topography was used to map the site to an unprecedented accuracy, but a new survey also used radar and magnetometers to see metres down below the surface. Photograph: Andrew Testa/the New York Times

The most comprehensive analysis yet undertaken of the Stonehenge neolithic site has revealed hundreds of new discoveries. More information about a h(...)

 Researchers at Birmingham City University are able to turn the complexity of a mixing board with its hundreds of dials and settings into a simple piece of software that takes minutes to install and understand. Photograph:  Birmingham City University

Budding and confirmed musicians alike will soon be able to produce professional-sounding recordings of their work using a piece of free software pres(...)

A bumblebee visiting a lavender plant during the Big Bumblebee Discovery project in Britain. Photograph: EDF Energy

Almost 30,000 people joined in a Big Bumblebee Discovery project over this summer, gathering large amounts of data to help scientists monitor these po(...)

The annual British Festival of Science gets under way this morning at the University of Birmingham with a week-long science-themed programme of talks,(...)

World of science: Irish  school laboratories need to be “brought up to a minimum standard required to teach all of the mandatory practical work required by the Leaving Cert”. photograph: Ableimages

Ireland’s taxpayers have poured hundreds of millions of euro into scientific research over the past decade and we now rank as a global knowledge leade(...)