A robin feeding a fledgling

Urban birds sing more loudly and at a higher pitch. The city slickers sport duller plumage feathers than country cousins. This time of year is harder(...)

A technique has been developed that for the first time allows scientists to study the development of an embryo beyond the stage when it would normally ‘implant’ in the womb. File photograph: Science Photo Library/PPX

A technique has been developed that for the first time allows scientists to study the development of an embryo beyond the stage when it would normally(...)

Europe has shifted significantly towards a model of weaker job security and increased labour-market flexibility, paper says.

Government policies pursued in Ireland and across the EU during the financial crisis have left workers with less job security, academics warn in a pa(...)

Film star Jaws the shark showed how to put the bite on just about anything thanks to a plentiful supply of replacement teeth. Now humans might also be able to grow all the replacement teeth they need thanks to research from the University of Sheffield.

Film star Jaws the shark showed how to put the bite on just about anything thanks to a plentiful supply of replacement teeth. Now humans might also be(...)

Social Housing in Hollyhill in Cork. High levels of council housing did not stop housing booms or busts, but it did mean their impact was lessened. Photograph:  Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

We have had the opening salvos on housing in the general election, with all parties recognising there is a crisis. Headline polices in response includ(...)

Dr Eugenia Cheng,  Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  tries to demystify maths in her book, Cakes, Custard and Category Theory.

Dr Eugenia Cheng is a woman on a mission. She wants to end people’s fearfulness of mathematics and uses music and the baking of cupcakes to accomplish(...)

MRI scan of a human head. Photograph: Thinkstock

In my column of November 9th, 2006, I described the amazing results reported in the 1970s by British paediatrician John Lorber to the effect that s(...)

Rheumatoid arthritis patients most likely to suffer the severest effects of the condition can be identified early and fast- tracked for treatment, fol(...)

Jim Wells said the report showed minimum pricing reduced consumption and alcohol-related harm by ensuring alcohol cannot be bought at prices that do not reflect its strength. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland is planning to introduce a minimum price for alcohol to try to combat alcohol abuse, the North’s Minister of Health, Jim Wells, has s(...)

Smoking cannabis can reduce a man’s fertility by altering the size and shape of his sperm, research has shown. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA

Men who smoke cannabis may be damaging their sperm and should give up the habit if they are trying to start a family, according to new research. It (...)