An inherited ‘ginger gene’ associated with red hair, pale skin and freckles is directly linked to the genetic risk of developing skin cancer, new evidence has shown for the first time.

An inherited “ginger gene” associated with red hair, pale skin and freckles is directly linked to the genetic risk of developing skin cancer, new evid(...)

A false-colour image showing the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica on October 2nd, 2015, which appears to be healing, say scientists. Photograph: Nasa/Goddard Space Flight Center/PA Wire

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica appears to be healing, say scientists. Recovery of the hole has varied from year to year, partly becaus(...)

Both the Road Safety Authority (RSA) in Ireland and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) have called for the mandatory fitting of intelligent(...)

The new family of drugs discovered by the group ‘works 1,000 times better than the current top diabetes drug Metformin’

Researchers at Maynooth University have come up with a new way to tackle type II diabetes using a compound that mimics the anti-diabetic effects of vi(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande meets  Hoesung Lee, the new head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  and Valerie Masson-Delmotte, the new co-chair, at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris on  October 15th, 2015. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/EPA

Calling all climate scientists, write more clearly! With just a few weeks before COP21, this is what a group of European researchers (from France, the(...)

About one in 50 people acquire some kind of infection during a period in hospital, leading to major expenditure in follow-up care.

You have less risk of catching an infection during a hospital visit if you stay in a private room rather than a ward. The risk goes up by abut 20 per (...)

Raffaele Sollecito (right) and Amanda Knox. Cassation judges can either uphold the convictions if they find the appeals trial was properly conducted or order yet another appellate trial. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Tiziana Fabifilippo/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s highest court will not rule until Friday on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend for the murd(...)

At least 12 births where issues arose are to be investigated in the review of Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A full review of maternity care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is to be carried out as part of an expanded investigation into problem birth(...)

The bacterial counts from jet-air dryers were 4.5  times higher than around warm-air dryers, but 27 times higher compared with the air circulating in the bathroom when paper towels were used

Modern electric hand-dryers spread much more bacteria in public toilets than handtowels, according to British researchers. The University of Leeds te(...)

The Xeros washing machine looks like a standard machine such as this one, but washes clothes with reusable plastic beads that absorb dirt.

Wash days may never be the same again, following the design of a washing machine that uses less than two cups(...)

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