Room service: the A.L.O. by Savioke delivers fresh towels to a hotel guests’ room. Photograph:  Jason Henry/The New York Times

A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items(...)

Recent research suggests that mindfulness meditation can make pain less bothersome to those who practise it. Photograph: Thinkstock

Meditation has never been more popular than it is now. Transcendental meditation (TM), a mind-emptying type of meditation, used to be the most popu(...)

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(...)

Gare du Nord in Paris, described as the “squalor pit of Europe” by Mr Street

The head of British retailer John Lewis has apologised after saying France is such a hopeless country where nothing works that investors should pull t(...)

 Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US president Bill Clinton, and her husband Marc Mezvinsky who are celebrating the birth of their first child.

Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a daughter named Charlotte, the first grandchild of former US president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state (...)

Muddy the water on social class.. wellies are welcome everywhere now.

So, the Great British tradition of class obsession rocks on. The Riot Club (at a cinema near you now) is a romp through the lives of members of the in(...)

Ebola is a recurring problem, yet the world seems unprepared. The response has been slow and unco-ordinated. Photograph: EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Imagine two cities. In City A, town leaders notice that every few weeks a house catches fire. So they create a fire department – a group of profession(...)

Computer-aided rendering of Ebola virus. Illustration: Thinkstock

An Irish scientist is to lead trials of the first vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus, following this week’s decision by British authorities to give(...)

A novel new way to diagnose Parkinson’s disease may involve nothing more complicated than carrying a smartphone in your pocket. Photograph: Getty Images

A novel new way to diagnose Parkinson’s disease may involve nothing more complicated than carrying a smartphone in your pocket. Researchers at Aston U(...)

The findings of a new study showed that compared with consuming none, eating fruit every day cut the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 25 to 40 per cent.  Photograph: Bernd Settnik/EPA

Eating fruit every day can reduce the risk of heart and artery disease by up to 40 per cent, a study has found.Compared with avoiding fruit altogether(...)