Sir Paul Nurse speaking after being awarded the inaugural George Sigerson award for ‘inspiring aspiring’ scientists by UCD Biological Society. Photograph: Aoife O’Sullivan

It’s not every day you meet a Nobel prizewinner, and members of UCD Biological Society were clearly excited to have English geneticist and cell biolog(...)

 Aubrey Lynch, an elder from the Wongatha Aboriginal language group, who participated in a study of a group of Aboriginal Australians which concluded that all humans from non-African populations are descended from a single wave of migrants who left Africa about 72,000 years ago. Photograph: Preben Hjort/Mayday Film/PA Wire

New DNA research from an international team of scientists shows the ancestors of Aboriginal Australians and Papua New Guineans diverged from Eurasian (...)

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as captured by Rosetta spacecraft’s Osiris narrow-angle camera. File photograph: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA/Handout via Reuters

Key building blocks of life have been discovered by a European spacecraft orbiting a comet. The Rosetta probe found clear evidence of the amino acid (...)

The hourly minimum, proposed by trade unions, would have been the world’s highest when adjusted for purchasing power parity. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected plans to introduce the world’s highest national minimum wage, striking down a proposal for an hourly minimum(...)

A Swiss National Flag waves over the Rhine in Basel, Switzerland. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

St Patrick’s Day is three weeks away, but a very Irish atmosphere has already descended on Switzerland. For anyone who remembers the fallout fr(...)