Ulster University’s world class FireSert research centre: Efectis UK/Ireland Ltd’s mission  is to  enhance public safety and the competitiveness of industry through performance prediction methods  as well as  the development of new fire safe materials. Photograph: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University

The recent Grenfell Tower tragedy in London and the revelation that five recently built schools in Leinster had failed fire safety audits have brought(...)

Tim Curry in It (1990).

Otto the Clown, aka Edward Fossett Junior, is a fifth generation performer at Fossett’s Circus. At the height of last year’s clown-related hysteria – (...)

Dr Hagai Levine, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who co-led the research, said the  study “is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count, with the goal of prevention.” Photograph: Hebrew University/PA

Sperm counts of Western men are in a “shocking” downward spiral that poses a potential threat to fertility in industrialised countries, a major study (...)

Coffee could have life-prolonging benefits, according to two studies. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and liver disease and a host of other ailments, new research suggests. The findi(...)

Valitacell chief executive Dr Terry McWade: co-founded the company with Dr Jerry Clifford.

An Irish start-up has big plans to provide specialised services for the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. Its client list so far includes US (...)

Drinking too much fluid can have serious consequences when sick. Photograph: Jose A Bernat Bacete/Getty Images

First up, a confession. I regularly dispense advice along the lines of “drink plenty of fluids”. If someone has a viral infection I invariably offer (...)

The European Court of Human Rights – an algorithm was able to predict 79 per cent of cases accurately

“The law is an ass,” said Charles Dickens. That may be so but it is a predictable one at that. Researchers at University College London, the Universit(...)

A Turkish police officer carrying Alan Kurdi’s body off the shore in Bodrum, southern Turkey, after a boat carrying refugees sank while heading to the Greek island of Kos. Photograph: Nilufer Demir/AFP/Getty Images

For more than four years, the civil war in Syria had served up daily galleries of harrowing imagery: victims of chemical weapons, decapitated bodies, (...)

A robin feeding a fledgling

Urban birds sing more loudly and at a higher pitch. The city slickers sport duller plumage feathers than country cousins. This time of year is harder(...)

A technique has been developed that for the first time allows scientists to study the development of an embryo beyond the stage when it would normally ‘implant’ in the womb. File photograph: Science Photo Library/PPX

A technique has been developed that for the first time allows scientists to study the development of an embryo beyond the stage when it would normally(...)

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