David Whelan, chief executive, and Sandra Whelan, chief operations officer, VR Education. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

The days of lightly snoozing, trimming your nails or messily eating a sandwich during a conference call may be coming to an end, if VR Education, the(...)

US pharma companies Moderna and Pfizer, with its German partner BioNTech have launched major Phase III trials of their Covid vaccine candidates. Photograph: Hans Pennink/AP

German biotech BioNTech and US drugmaker Pfizer will begin a pivotal global study of 30,000 people to evaluate their lead Covid-19 vaccine candidate. (...)

The study examined data from more than 17,000 teenagers. Photograph: Getty Images

The amount of time teenagers spend staring at screens has little impact on their mental health, according to a major Oxford University study involving(...)

An undated  police handout photo of  Prof Wyndham Lathem (l) and Andrew Warren.  Photograph: Chicago police department/EPA

Oxford University has urged an employee to hand himself in after police in Chicago said he is wanted alongside a US professor on suspicion of murderin(...)

Spring flowers, especially bluebells, in Wytham Woods, near Oxford. Photograph: courtesy of University of Oxford  

Why did the woodmouse cross the road? Nigel Fisher, conservator of Wytham Woods, still doesn’t know why; for the moment, he can only surmise that the(...)

Bikers working for food-delivery service Deliveroo enter a restaurant to pick up meals they will deliver in Paris. Photograph:  Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Digital platforms that use crowdsourcing to get the people they need to provide services such as riding, sharing and food delivery have proliferated o(...)

Oneview chief executive James Fitter and founder Mark McCloskey. Photograph: Peter Moloney

Oneview Healthcare, the Irish hospital software group, has joined a UK pilot project to improve the care of prostate cancer patients. The company, fo(...)

Germaine Greer: some students at Cardiff University launched a petition to stop the feminist academic speaking because of her allegedly transphobic views. Photograph: Newspix/Rex

Nick Pell’s glossary of alt-right terms presents the movement as smug, prejudiced and completely unattractive. If his article happens to be any Irish (...)

The team ran brain scans on people with ASD and on healthy volunteers, looking for any differences between the two.

A team of scientists has discovered that a particular region of the brain is affected in those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They believe that(...)

Spiders can control the tension and stiffness of their webs to optimise their sensory powers, helping them locate and identify prey as well as partners, according to researchers at Oxford University. File photograph: Tim Shaffer/Reuters

Spiders can control the tension and stiffness of their webs to optimise their sensory powers, helping them locate and identify prey as well as partner(...)

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