A microbot alongside a paramecium. These robots are the size of a speck of dust and could be used for a number of tasks, from cleaning smartphone batteries to studying our brains. Photograph:   Kenneth Chang

Like Frankenstein, Marc Miskin’s robots initially lie motionless. Then their limbs jerk to life. But these robots are the size of a speck of dust. Th(...)

Gatorade has  created a patch that it claims will let you know you’re dehydrated by simply looking at it.

Someday soon, perhaps within a year, you’ll be able to slap a soft, stretchy patch on to your arm that tells you if you’re dehydrated. Or that your el(...)

“The most important advice I can give people who are struggling with sleep, or want to get good-quality sleep, is to keep it regular,” says Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience at the University of California and the author of Why We Sleep.

Do you wake up to the sound of birdsong or an electronic ringtone? Perhaps you use a dawn simulator or an app that won’t stop beeping until you have w(...)

Kanye West has billed this week’s Yeezy release as his brand’s “largest drop ever” in a bid to “democratise” access to the $220 shoes.  Photograph: PA Wire

This Friday will see two iconic consumer products go head-to-head on shopping streets for the first time. The launch of the largest and most expensiv(...)

 IRFU’s director of rugby development Scott Walker;  IRFU operations manager of participation rugby David Keane; Damien Kavanagh, president of the Emerald Warriors and member of the organising committee of Union Cup 2019; and Tony Hayes, Union Cup organising committee chair. Photograph:     James Crombie/Inpho

The IRFU has confirmed it will act as an official supporter of the 2019 Union Cup, a rugby tournament for the LGBTI community that will be hosted by t(...)

The higher the cost of cobalt, the more you will pay for an electric car. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

The Congo. September 1961. Irish soldiers in Jadotville are attacked by separatist Katangan forces led by Belgian mercenaries. Jadotville is a copper-(...)

Leading physicist  Prof Margaret Murnane was awarded the Science Foundation Ireland’s St Patrick’s Day Science Medal. Photograph: John Harrington

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has presented Science Foundation Ireland’s St Patrick’s Day Science Medal to Prof Margaret Murnane, a world leader in developme(...)

Some 30 minutes’ exercise a day is essential for optimum health

What started off as a light look at preventing illness has ended up as a virtual guide to living healthily. So, if you believe your health is your wea(...)

Maedbh King is studying in Berkeley and enjoying the outdoors life, good food and sense of history

Maedbh King is originally from Deansgrange in Dublin. She did a degree in psychology at Trinity College Dublin, before moving to Berkeley to star(...)

Prof Matthew Walker: “Regular sleep – seven to eight hours a night – is the best method to maintain brain and body health. We are the only species which deliberately deprives ourselves of sleep.”

Two-thirds of adults in the developed world don’t get the World Health Organisation’s recommended eight hours’ sleep per night, according to Matthew W(...)

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