A great white shark. Photograph: Byron Dilkes/Danah Divers/PA Wire

Great white sharks may prove unlikely saviours of human lives thanks to their huge and extraordinary genome, scientists have discovered. The first “m(...)

 An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland last year. File photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Greenland’s ice is melting faster than scientists previously thought, with the pace of ice loss increasing four-fold since 2003, new research has foun(...)

Prof Séamus Davis graduated with  a BSc in Physics at UCC in 1983 and has since gone on to become a leading global figure in the field of quantum matter. Photograph: Clare Keogh

The first in a series of world-class academic appointments aimed at capitalising on Brexit and uncertainty in the US is to be announced on Wednesday. (...)

He Jiankui guides a laboratory staff member at the Direct Genomics lab in Shenzhen,  China. The scientist has claimed to have  created the world’s first gene-edited twin baby girls, ‘Lulu’ and ‘Nana’, whose genetic alterations could make them immune to HIV. Photograph: VCG via Getty Images

News that Chinese scientist He Jiankui successfully applied new gene-editing technology to create genetically modified human embryos immune to the HIV(...)

Dr Annie Curtis: getting results keeps her ticking along with her research

Annie, you are interested in what makes our body clocks tick. Can you explain? “Each of us is a collection of clocks, we have a timing mechanism (...)

People observe a forest fire in Brejo village, Monchique, Faro south of Portugal on Monday. Photograph: Filipe Farinha/EPA

The world is at risk of entering “hothouse” conditions where global average temperatures will be 4-5 degrees higher even if emissions reduction target(...)

Plastic waste  washed ashore  on Sanur beach in Bali, Indonesia,  April 12th. Photograph: Epa/Made Nagi

Scientists have engineered a biological enzyme which can rapidly digest some of the most common forms of polluting plastics that persist for hundreds (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar awards SFI St Patrick’s Day Science Medal to Leading Physicist Prof Margaret Murnane and technology innovator David McCourt

Margaret Murnane, Professor of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Colorado; and David McCourt, founder and CEO of Grana(...)

Kim Kardashian West: researchers  figured out how to tie your interest in Kardashian West to certain personality traits.  Photograph Mike Segar/Reuters

Perhaps at some point in the past few years you’ve told Facebook that you like, say, Kim Kardashian West. When you hit the thumbs-up button on her pag(...)

Smoke from e-cigarettes damages DNA and can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease, according to new research. The battery-driven devices, whi(...)

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