The flu virus evades treatment because of frequent mutations which render older vaccines obsolete.

Scientists have taken a step closer to developing a single influenza vaccination that can protect against any form of the fast changing and dangerous (...)

The entrance to River Bluff Dental clinic where Walter Palmer, who killed the lion, works. Photograph: Eric Miller/Reuters

Two signs on the door of a nondescript dental office in Bloomington, Minnesota, ask passers-by to mourn the death of Cecil, the lion lured from his s(...)

Mary Mulvihill:  had a ‘wonderful gift’ for making science  accessible. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The late science journalist Mary Mulvihill had a “wonderful gift” for making science amazing and accessible, the fourth annual Robert Boyle Summer Sch(...)

Professor Louise Richardson has been nominated  as Oxford University’s next Vice-Chancellor - a post equivalent to chief executive. Photograph: University of St Andrews

Waterford-born academic Prof Louise Richardson is set to become the first woman to lead the University of Oxford. The university, the oldest in the En(...)

‘If Barack Obama sniffs his own hand after shaking hands with Enda Kenny, the US president may simply be using his olfactory senses to confirm that the man he’s greeting really is the Taoiseach.’ Photograph: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images

The world’s media smelled a story recently that put a new twist on a simple social interaction between humans. Scientists had discovered that a(...)

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave Westminster Abbey after attending a thanksgiving service on Sunday. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Security checks have been carried out on a fishing village in the west in preparation for visit by British royalty.Gardaí have spent recent weeks chec(...)

‘Bob may know a fact or two about financial markets and think he can invest smartly when actually much more should be taken into account.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Children demand certainty. It’s how they’re taught: there’s a right answer and a wrong one. But as you get older, even death and taxes seem less ce(...)

One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths and 24,000 people infected. But health experts and charities have warned the danger is far from over. Picture show healthcare workers prepare to go inside of the high-risk area for the first time, at the Hastings Ebola treatment unit in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in November. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times.

One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths and 24,000 people infecte(...)

Men were at a much higher risk of dying by suicide. The rate among men at the end of 2012 was 57 per cent higher than would have been the case had the recession not occurred.

We may know all about the heavy financial price of the economic crash. But we’re only just beginning to piece together the full picture of human toll (...)

A casino patron exhales vapour from an e-cigarette in Las Vegas. A study carried out by the internationally regarded Cochrane Library has found a third of long-term smokers were able to cut their cigarette consumption in half by using e-cigarettes. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/New York Times

Electronic cigarettes are as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers to quit the habit, according to international research.The study, carrie(...)