Following a trusted authority often reduces feelings of uncertainty

Persuasion researchers know that decision-makers will often place their faith less in what is being said and more in who is saying it. For good reaso(...)

If the current pace of extinction is allowed to continue, species loss will have a significant effect on human populations in as little as three generations, the report claimed. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Humans have already triggered the start of Earth’s sixth mass extinction, thereby threatening their own future as a species, a hard-hitting new study (...)

Hydrolight chief executive  Fin Murray: “At the moment water analysis at the cellular level has to be done in a lab. Three to four days, and a big chunk of money later, you’re told what’s in the water. In the mean time a contamination event has become bigger, more dangerous and more expensive to clean up.”
New innovator: Hydrolight

Nobody likes the idea of drinking or using contaminated water. However bugs such as E. Coli don’t discriminate when it comes to choosing a place to co(...)

A possible link between a widely prescribed drug that suppresses stomach acid and an increased risk of heart attack has emerged in US research publ(...)

 Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of the company’s first Dublin office in 2013.  Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

US software firm Qualtrics is to create 100 jobs at its Dublin base.The new roles will take the number of people employed by the firm to 250 by the en(...)

Ryan Smith: founder of Qualtrics

US software firm Qualtrics is set to significantly expand its Irish operations, with the announcement of new jobs on the cards. Although exact (...)

Liberian Red Cross burial team retrieves the body of a suspected victim of Ebola  on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Liberia was  declared free from Ebola on 9th April 2015. Photograph: Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

Public health experts involved in the response to the Ebola crisis have condemned what they described as a ludicrous, insulting and opportunistic atte(...)

Google has got to be easily the best-known new word of our time. It is also said to be a mistake. At least some people insist this is the case. It has(...)

A file image of Dave Goldberg, husband of Sheryl Sandberg, who died over the weekend. Photograph: Getty  I

SurveyMonkey chief executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury while exercising at a resort in Mexico, the local prosecutor’s office said o(...)

US scientists say they have invented a cheap, long-lasting and flexible battery made of aluminium for use in smartphones that can be charged in as little as a minute. Photograph: Getty Images.

US scientists say they have invented a cheap, long-lasting and flexible battery made of aluminium for use in smartphones that can be charged in as lit(...)