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(...)

January 2015: Baga massacre – 2,000+ dead or missing – Boko Haram militants opened fire on northern Nigerian villages. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Europe is on high alert. Soldiers are on patrol in metro stations, security has been tightened at big public events and, almost every week, police som(...)

Within families, children born by caesarean were 64 per cent more likely to be obese than their siblings born by vaginal delivery.

Babies born by caesarean section are more likely to be obese as adults, according to a study that suggests the way we are born could have a lasting im(...)

A new study from Harvard University shows that animal protein-rich diets are associated with higher mortality, while the opposite is true for diets enriched in plant proteins. File photograph: Getty Images

It’s not just how much protein you eat, but where it comes from that matters. A new study from Harvard University shows that animal protein-rich diet(...)

Georges Lemaître

As pointed out by Brian Maye in a recent article in this newspaper, this month marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Monsignor Georges Lemaître,(...)

Can we really juggle jobs and kids and commutes and still keep up our 500 friendships, both online, offline, far afield and next door, small and large, old and new? Is this really sustainable?

A good friend recently remarked how extraordinary it was that our friendship, which began in 2000 when we were penniless and party-loving in Paris, h(...)

General Motors chief executive Mary Barra says self-driving vehicles should keep steering wheels and brakes and accelerators in them as the technology develops.

General Motors chief executive Mary Barra has said self-driving vehicles should keep steering wheels and brakes and accelerators in them as the techno(...)

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