A reconstruction of a Neanderthal   displayed at the Prehistoric Museum in Halle, eastern Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty Images

There’s always been a suspicion that our ancestors pushed Neanderthals to extinction. The scenario is that modern humans migrated out of Africa and sl(...)

An image from last month showing a car spewing black exhaust smoke in Bucharest, Romania. Photograph: Reuters

Air pollution is causing about 8.8 million premature deaths around the world each year, a new study suggests. It is reducing life expectancy by an av(...)

A visualisation of gravitational waves pictured during a press conference by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) at the Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany, in 2016. Photograph: Julian Stratensculte/EPA.

The Government is increasingly under fire for how the nation lags its European counterparts in funding basic, “blue skies”research, the kind in which (...)

A 3.8 million-year-old skull of an early human, known as ‘MRD’, which belongs to the species Australopithecus anamensis, displayed during its presentation in Addis Ababa. Photograph: Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images

The discovery of a 3.8 million-year-old skull is a “game changer” in the understanding of human evolution, scientists say. Researchers have discovere(...)

Ana Alonso-Serrano: ‘We need to push more for changing the image of a physicist as a man’

Physicist Ana Alonso-Serrano has spent much of her career thinking about what’s inside a black hole, an object which the world only caught a first gli(...)

“When we formulate the ideas around quantum gravity, in the form of mathematical theories, we are aiming to say something fundamental about the world, and not just our experience of it.”

Originally from Sicily, Daniele Oriti has spent the past decade at the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam, Germany, working on quantum gravity, an i(...)

Our collective attention span is narrowing, and this effect goes beyond social media as it can be seen across diverse domains including books, web searches, and movies. Photograph: iStock

Scientists have measured for the first time the extent to which the effects of social media and a hectic news cycle have undermined the attention span(...)

Dr Joseph Regan, who is now based in Berlin with Bayer

Berlin-based scientist Dr Joseph Regan first left Ireland in 1986 when he was five years old and his family moved to the quaintly named Come by Chance(...)

It will become common practice to drill cores at archaeological sites and to isolate DNA from different depths. Photograph: Getty Images

A revolution in archaeology will happen over the next decade, according to Prof Svante Pääbo, the leading expert on the DNA discovered in extinct Nean(...)

A Mesolithic house constructed at the UCD centre for experimental archaeology and ancient technologies. The latest research has been carried out on samples from a lakeside site in Co Longford. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Evidence that Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in Ireland may have harmed their health by under-cooking their fish has been uncovered by researchers examin(...)

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