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 (...)

Albert Einstein predicted that large gravitational objects would distort spacetime and kick off gravity waves but none have been detected directly so far. Photograph: Getty

There are waves that wash across the universe but they have nothing to do with water. They are generated by massive star explosions and scientists are(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Research shows a component of the immune system that tackles bacterial infections becomes weakened after the death of someone close like a spouse. This could last for as long as a year, as seen in an older person’s poor immune response after receiving the flu vaccine. Photograph: Getty

Older people who die soon after the passing of a loved one may not be dying of a broken heart. Research suggests they are succumbing to a broken immun(...)

Off for a spot of lunch, are we?  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Social media and the apps we use to communicate with friends are getting close to revealing what we had for breakfast, or more accurately, dinner. Com(...)

Scientists have compiled an international inventory of wild plants to be saved to protect the genetic health of food crops.

Scientists have put together an international inventory of wild plants that must be saved to protect the genetic health of important food crops. Unfor(...)

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,(...)

Child and Family Agency chair Norah Gibbons said mother-and-baby homes were “known about”, the institutions were “accepted” and victims bore the consequences. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The Government’s commission of investigation into mother-and-baby homes must have “clear terms of reference”, Tusla – Child and Family Agency chairwom(...)

“Anyone with the gumption to reach the boardroom has a grotesquely inflated drive to succeed far more powerful than a factory full of Gucci watches.” Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Last week in the duty-free shop at Stansted airport, I was idly trying on sunglasses and wondering why so many had lenses the size of saucers when I o(...)