The new family of drugs discovered by the group ‘works 1,000 times better than the current top diabetes drug Metformin’

Researchers at Maynooth University have come up with a new way to tackle type II diabetes using a compound that mimics the anti-diabetic effects of vi(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande meets  Hoesung Lee, the new head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  and Valerie Masson-Delmotte, the new co-chair, at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris on  October 15th, 2015. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/EPA

Calling all climate scientists, write more clearly! With just a few weeks before COP21, this is what a group of European researchers (from France, the(...)

About one in 50 people acquire some kind of infection during a period in hospital, leading to major expenditure in follow-up care.

You have less risk of catching an infection during a hospital visit if you stay in a private room rather than a ward. The risk goes up by abut 20 per (...)

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

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(...)