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Daniel Day-Lewis is to  be awarded a knighthood after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Multi-award-winning actor, and Wicklow resident, Daniel Day-Lewis is to be knighted.He is one of more than 1,100 people from the UK and beyond to be r(...)

Mr Higgins will be honoured at a state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Photograph:L Andrew Winning/Reuters

Áras an Uachtaráin has released details of the upcoming state visit by President Michael D Higgins to Britain. The visit follows the successful(...)

Writing in the journal Open Heart, leading US cardiovascular research scientist Dr James DiNicolantonio said a “compelling argument can be made for the general lack of evidence in support of a low-fat diet”. Advising people to replace saturated fat with carbohydrates or omega 6 polyunsaturated fats was not supported by scientific research, he said. Photograph: Wojciech Pacewicz/EPA

Diets low in saturated fat do not prevent heart disease or improve health and instead public health warnings need to be issued over sugar, a le(...)

Silvio Berlusconi and Angela Merkel. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

When I was four, I was asked to leave my ballet class. I had such confidence in my own dancing powers, based solely on hours of prancing ineptly aroun(...)

Scientists have grown the first mini human brains in a laboratory and say their success could lead to new levels of understanding about the way brains(...)

When  scientists transplanted stem-cell-derived photoreceptors into night-blind mice, a small number of the cells integrated into the retina at the back of the eye, they reported in Nature Biotechnology this week.

Stem cells grown “in a dish” can integrate into the back of the eye in night-blind mice, according to a new study from University College London. Prof(...)

Stockhold, Sweden, where the study into epilepsy was carried out

People with epilepsy are 11 times more likely to die early than people without the condition, according to research published today.The research, pub(...)

Scientists say lack of routine might impair early development by disrupting the body clock or through sleep deprivation, which affects the brain’s ability to remember. Photograph: Getty

Irregular bedtimes can disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits. Going to bed at (...)

Brian May  performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena  in Belfast. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Long before he became a star, Brian May was a stargazer. As a child he was inspired by Patrick Moore’s The (...)

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