The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has approved a research application from the Francis Crick Institute to use new ‘gene editing’ techniques on human embryos. Photograph: Getty

Scientists in Britain have been give the go-ahead to edit the genes of human embryos for research, using a technique that some say could eventually be(...)

In a vivid dream state, it can seem you are being attacked by a supernatural or alien entity. Photograph: Getty Images

You might not believe in ghosts, fairies or devils, but they’re hard to avoid at Halloween. Belief in such entities is often dismissed as irrationa(...)

Frank Ryan is a consultant clinical psychologist in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust in London,
Q&A about willpower with Frank Ryan
  • Health
  • September 26, 2014, 10:47

How, in layman’s terms would you define willpower?The term “willpower” has been in use only since the latter part of the 19th century. I found this a (...)

Ireland scrum training on tour in New Zealand. A team at Edinburgh University is advising that youth players undergo tests to demonstrate they have the necessary neck strength before being approved to play adult rugby. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Under-18 rugby players should be barred from playing in the frontrow against adults to avoid injury to their necks, a new study suggests.Research has(...)

A large back-lit image of the Large Hadron Collider at the Science Museum in London. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty

I left school knowing some French, a bit of Latin, how to do buttonhole stitch and how to iron a man’s shirt. But no science. Which is why, when I wen(...)

Researchers have found the children of women who were overweight in pregnancy are more likely to have heart problems later in life. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Babies born to obese mothers may face an increased risk of dying early from heart problems in their adult life, according to research published last n(...)

A view of part of the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider, at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as CERN in Meyrin, Switzerland. Photograph: John Von Radowitz /PA Wire

As word of the next round of Nobel Prize winners begins to circulate don’t be too surprised if the list includes the name Peter Higgs. He and f(...)