Raffaele Sollecito (right) and Amanda Knox. Cassation judges can either uphold the convictions if they find the appeals trial was properly conducted or order yet another appellate trial. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Tiziana Fabifilippo/AFP/Getty Images 1:42

Italy’s highest court will not rule until Friday on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend for the murd(...)

At least 12 births where issues arose are to be investigated in the review of Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A full review of maternity care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is to be carried out as part of an expanded investigation into problem birth(...)

The bacterial counts from jet-air dryers were 4.5  times higher than around warm-air dryers, but 27 times higher compared with the air circulating in the bathroom when paper towels were used

Modern electric hand-dryers spread much more bacteria in public toilets than handtowels, according to British researchers. The University of Leeds te(...)

The Xeros washing machine looks like a standard machine such as this one, but washes clothes with reusable plastic beads that absorb dirt.

Wash days may never be the same again, following the design of a washing machine that uses less than two cups(...)

A file image of the Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex. Photograph: PA

The risks to public health from exposure to emissions from shale gas extraction or fracking are low as long as operations are properly run and regulat(...)

Gannets will respect a rival colonies’ fishing grounds despite showing no displays of territorial behaviour, scientists have found.Researchers from th(...)

Obituary: Robert Welch
  • People
  • March 16, 2013, 06:00

Robert Anthony Welch, who has died aged 65, was an academic, writer and critic. He produced a wide range of publications – poems, plays and nov(...)