A computer-generated image of a woolly mammoth emerging from an ice block. File photograph: ExhibitEase LLC/Steven W Marcus/PA Wire

Scientists attempting to resurrect the woolly mammoth believe they are just two years away from creating a hybrid mammoth/elephant embryo. If they su(...)

Jeremy Corbyn’s call for a wage ceiling is an echo of a Swiss vote in 2013 to limit the pay of top executives to 12 times the wages of their lowliest employees.  Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for a maximum wage for Britian’s highest earners, an ostensibly draconian measure necessary to stop th(...)

Homestead: Ivor Browne at Rathronan, in Co Wexford. Photograph: Alan Gilsenan

When William Ivory Browne was a boy he would take the train from Dublin to spend holidays with his aunts Kathleen and Maisie at Rathronan Castle, the (...)

A filing cabinet broken into in 1972 as part of the Watergate burglary, beside a computer server that Russian hackers breached during the 2016 presidential campaign, both now in the basement of the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in Washington. Photograph: Justin T Gellerson/The New York Times

When special agent Adrian Hawkins of the FBI called the Democratic National Committee in September 2015 to pass along some troubling news about its c(...)

A volunteer using the “soft” robot device that can help help stroke patients to walk again

An Irish bioengineer has won an international prize for developing a robotic suit to help stroke patients walk again. Prof Conor Walsh of Harvard Uni(...)

Could it be that we’ve been looking for ET in all the wrong places?

Hello? Is there anybody out there? If any advanced alien civilisations are reading this, could they please get in touch? Text us, tweet us, send us a (...)

Ireland has a rich ethno-medical knowledge and a history of traditional healing,” says Helen Sheridan, professor of pharmacology at Trinity College.

GPs in Ireland used to give people a bottle of medicine. It was pink or it was blue, and if one didn’t work you tried the other one. Then, as now, mos(...)

Finnish professor Bengt Holmstrom of Massachusetts Institute of Technology who won the Nobel prize in Economics with British-American Oliver Hart. Photograph: Getty

Britain’s Oliver Hart and Finland’s Bengt Holmstrom have won the Nobel EcoPrize in Economics for work that addresses a host of questions from how best(...)

Atsugi Higashiyama  accepts the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize in Perception for “investigating whether things look different when you bend over and view them between your legs” during the  Ig Nobel prize ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Sometimes the Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to a somewhat oblique achievement. Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded this year’s Nobel for di(...)

Simon Singh has written a book about the many mathematical references in The Simpsons

Why did the ex-chicken cross the road? It was fired from a cannon by a group of scientists who were trying to figure out how fast wind moves inside a(...)

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