The CIA established the Center on Climate Change and National Security in 2009, a decision that drew fierce criticism from some Republicans who viewed it as a distraction from more pressing terrorist concerns. Photograph: Getty Images

A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be u(...)

Between 15 per cent and 40 per cent of dumped plastic enters the ocean each year, according to a survey in the journal ‘Science’. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Nearly nine million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every year – much more than previously thought – and about one-third of it com(...)

For decades, public health scientists have been assuring us that the common cold is caused by our spending half the year indoors sneezing on each othe(...)

Positive children hold Red Ribbons on the eve of World Aids Day  (December 1st) on the bank of river Ganges, Calcutta, India. Photograph:  Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Rapid evolution of HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is slowing its ability to cause Aids, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Afric(...)

Truck-driver turned astrophysicist. Dr Ryan Milligan standing outside Queen’s University Belfast. Photograph Queen’s University Belfast

A major source of funding for a collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast and NASA has just been awarded to one of Queen’s astrophysicists.When(...)

A recent study has found that as many as 100 million planets in our galaxy have the potential to harbour complex life.

A recent study has found that as many as 100 million planets in our galaxy have the potential to harbour complex life.The report, compiled by a group (...)

Bacteria: The guts of mice – and humans – are home to billions of bacteria. Photograph: Thinkstock

Boosting the levels of enzymes made by bacteria in the gut can hold back weight gain – in mice, at least. That’s the finding of a research group in Co(...)

Line-dancing in Nashville, Tennessee. Photograph: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

We almost never walk sideways over long distances, preferring to face forward. Researchers at Ohio State University have given this issue a lot of tho(...)

A cat exhibition in Kyrgyzstan last year. Photograph: Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty Images

Cats have been hanging around with humans for quite a while. Evidence from Cyprus suggests that a human and wildcat were buried together more than 9,0(...)

Nasa’s Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating the red planet’s past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Image: Reuters/Nasa-JPL/Handout

Time flies when you’re roving on Mars – it has been a decade since the two robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity touched down on the red planet. They (...)