Metformin currently is the most-prescribed medication globally for people with type 2 diabetes. Photograph: Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty Images

A popular diabetes drug sometimes taken to slow ageing may diminish some of the expected health benefits of aerobic exercise in healthy older adults, (...)

Summer thunderstorms are projected to increase in frequency and intensity, often triggering flash floods. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The latest analysis of weather patterns in the US shows the world is likely to facing a warmer, wetter climate combined with more frequent, intense th(...)

Professor Gerry Boyle, director Teagasc; Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed; Ciara McDonnell and Declan Troy, Teagasc.

Given the importance of the meat industry to Ireland, it’s hardly surprising that the upcoming International Congress of Meat Science and Technology ((...)

Tests have indicated that the heavier you are, the greater your brain perceives distances to be. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Obese people may have found a good excuse for not going the extra mile, thanks to scientists. It seems that the heavier you are, the greater your bra(...)

Republican candidate Cory Gardner: women’s rights,  President Obama’s unpopularity, Ebola and the rise of Islamic State, are the most discussed issues in these elections. Photograph: Reuters

In one of the stranger negative campaign ads for next Tuesday’s US midterm elections, a young man scrambles from under a duvet in a bedside locker (...)

Animal behaviour expert Dr Temple Grandin, an advocate for those with autism, said she was seeing “too many kids that are fully verbal that aren’t learning how to work”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Children with autism must be taught how to work, one of the world’s best-known scholars with autism said in Dublin yesterday. Dr Temple G(...)

‘It’s a bit addictive. If someone puts something bogus up you can go on and prove him wrong and get into a debate. If you win, you think, I’ve got (...)