An Islamic manuscript which has been identified as one of the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran on show at the University of Birmingham. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire 1:06

A British university said on Wednesday that fragments of a Koran manuscript found in its library were from one of the oldest surviving copies of the I(...)

Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a vegetarian dinosaur despite being a close relative of famous meat-eaters like Tyrannosaurus rex. Photograph: Gabriel Lio

A new kind of dinosaur, discovered in Chile by a young boy, has proven to be an evolutionary puzzle. It is closely related to famous meat-eater dinosa(...)

 A file image of a photographer  taking pictures of the magnet core of the world’s largest superconducting solenoid magnet  at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particule accelerator, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA.

The world’s largest and most powerful atom smasher has restarted after an upgrade that could see it making scientific history for a second time.Short(...)

An artist’s impression of the five rocky planets close to earth-sized orbiting the star Kepler-444. Illustration by Tiago Campante/Peter Devine

Planet-hunting astronomers have found a star orbited by no fewer than five earth-sized planets. The find is even more unusual however because this dis(...)

Fresh attempts are being made to teach moral character in the classroom. Photograph: David Sleator

Parents and educators are increasingly asking how best they can pass on values to young people in the absence of religion. Commonly, the discussion(...)

Martin Slumbers who will take over as Chief Executive of the R&A from Peter Dawson in October 2015.

The R&A has announced the appointment of Martin Slumbers as Chief Executive and also as Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews(...)

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(...)