Line-dancing in Nashville, Tennessee. Photograph: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

We almost never walk sideways over long distances, preferring to face forward. Researchers at Ohio State University have given this issue a lot of tho(...)

A cat exhibition in Kyrgyzstan last year. Photograph: Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty Images

Cats have been hanging around with humans for quite a while. Evidence from Cyprus suggests that a human and wildcat were buried together more than 9,0(...)

Nasa’s Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating the red planet’s past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Image: Reuters/Nasa-JPL/Handout

Time flies when you’re roving on Mars – it has been a decade since the two robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity touched down on the red planet. They (...)

Naked mole rat: appears to be cancer-resistant

The naked mole rat may not be conventionally cute, but it has certainly captured the hearts of scientific researchers, and Science magazine recently n(...)

Photograph issued by National Academy of Sciences of brain networks showing significantly increased within hemispheres in males (upper) and between hemispheres in females (lower). Intra-hemispheric connections are shown in blue, and inter- hemispheric connections are shown in orange.  Photograph: PA

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of ma(...)

A child at a March Against Monsanto in Los Angeles, California, last week. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Foods derived from genetically modified (GM) crops are not available for human consumption in large parts of the world, including Europe, because of h(...)

Two big studies were published exploring the origins of monogamy in mammals.

Scientists who study the evolutionary origins of monogamy in animals are coming up with conflicting theories. Things get even more complicated when th(...)

Until now the only option available to women with this form of infertility has been to accept IVF treatment using donor eggs. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

Scientists have found a way to beat the menopause by waking up dormant follicles, offering new hope to women who run out of eggs early in life. The ex(...)

A new study has linked heavy air pollution from burning coal burning to shorter lives in northern China

A new study has linked heavy air pollution from burning coal burning to shorter lives in northern China, with researchers estimating that the half-bil(...)

Professor Stephen O'Rahilly

An Irish-born internationally renowned research scientist and expert in the area of the genetics of obesity is to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Prof(...)

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