Britain’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough is pictured prior to the naming ceremony in Birkenhead, northwest England on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP

A scientific research ship the public wanted to call Boaty McBoatface will be formally named after Sir David Attenborough on Thursday. Britain’s Duke(...)

The new Irish Ferries ship, which cost €144m – a big boat that needs a big name – and the public is being asked to choose it

Brian Ferry? Ferry McFerryson? Ferry Cake? Ferry lights over the Irish Sea? The Sound and the Ferry? The Fast and the Ferryious? It’s not easy to co(...)

An artist’s impression of a new state-of-the-art polar research ship that is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough. Photograph: NERC/PA Wire

Britain’s new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite Boaty McBoatface topping the public vote. The decision to name t(...)

Artists’ impression issued by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of a new state-of-the-art polar research ship. Photograph: NERC/PA Wire

A campaign to name a polar research ship Boaty McBoatface may be heading for the rocks, after a UK government minister said he wanted something that “(...)

Some researchers question whether dogs experience feelings like love and loyalty, or whether their winning ways are just a matter of instincts that evolved because being a hanger-on is an easier way to make a living than running down elk.

Before humans milked cows, herded goats or raised hogs, before they invented agriculture, or written language, before they had permanent homes, and mo(...)