These nanoparticles have been built at a scale small enough to interact with individual molecules. Photograph: Medi-Mation/Science Photo Library

The idea that a tiny machine could be inserted into the body and then travel to the site of damaged or diseased cells to repair those cells onsite has(...)

Gopala Anumanchipalli, a neurologist at UCSF, holding an array of electrodes similar to those used in a study. Photograph: University of California, San Francisco via The New York Times

“In my head, I churn over every sentence 10 times, delete a word, add an adjective, and learn my text by heart, paragraph by paragraph,” Jean-Dominiqu(...)

The Flint river which city authorities began using as a water supply in 2014. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Five years ago this month, the US city of Flint began its descent into water hell. In April 2014 emergency administrators, charged with saving the cas(...)

Dr John Regan: “I’d really love to look more now at small galaxies that haven’t changed much since those early days.”

John, you and colleagues recently had a paper out in ‘Nature’ with a new perspective on how massive black holes formed in the early universe. Why were(...)

Artist’s impression showing how    a very distant quasar powered by a supermassive black hole may look close up. Photograph: PA

The sequence of events leading to the creation of massive black holes in the universe has been discovered by astrophysicists including two researchers(...)

Reddit mascots are displayed at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco: Shutting down  forums dedicated to abusive content reduced the levels of hate on the popular online message board. Photograph: Reuters.

There are, and always have been, and probably always will be, trolls, scoundrels and reprobates on the internet. It is a problem that has vexed multi(...)

Coding kids, teens or adults can download a Matlab or Python simulator, write their own script, sign up for a Robotarium account, and upload their code for execution.

For a few weeks now, robots inside Georgia Institute of Technology’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines have been whizzing, flying and lu(...)

Prof Mary Horgan, a consultant in infectious diseases at Cork University Hospital said that while the patch was at very early clinical trial stage, the big benefit would be that it is self-applied, and eliminates “needle phobia”. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

An easy-to-use flu vaccine patch has successfully passed early human trials, raising the prospect of an end to sometimes painful flu vaccination admin(...)

Technology can improve quality, improve access and reduce costs in higher and further education in Ireland. File photograph: iStockPhoto

In 20 years’ time, fewer school leavers will go to college. Far more study options will be available, many on the internet - and much cheaper than wha(...)

Facundo Diaz, co-founder and chief executive officer of Vrtify, wears a pair of Microsoft HoloLens glasses  at the SXSW Interactive Festival earlier this month

Apple and Facebook are gearing up to challenge start-up Magic Leap and Microsoft’s HoloLens in the race to create a pair of augmented reality glasses(...)

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