An American panel of public health experts have concluded that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who (...)

The scene after an Amtrak high-speed train derailled from an overpass near the city of Tacoma, Washington state. Photograph: Getty Images

The train that careered off an overpass in Washington state, killing at least three people, was travelling 50mph (80km/h) over the speed limit when it(...)

The Niederaussem coal-fired power plant operated by German utility RWE. Photograph:   Lukas Schulze/Getty

Predictions about the likely impact of global warming up to the start of the next century have become more accurate through the use of new mathematica(...)

Dr Stephen Shore: “It took my parents a whole year to get a diagnosis. When they did, the doctors said they had never seen a child who had been so sick.”

When he was 2½, Stephen Shore could not speak. He was diagnosed as “psychotic”, with “atypical development and strong autistic tendencies”, and doctor(...)

After completely new signs were stuck over the top of existing ones, self-driving cars were fooled 100 per cent of the time. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Picture the scene: you’re driving along in your shiny new box on wheels, and letting the car’s electronics take most, if not all, of the strain. The c(...)

Elon Musk: “Claims of a pending AI apocalypse come almost exclusively from the ranks of individuals such as Musk, Hawking, and Bostrom who possess no formal training in the field,” says Ryan Calo of the University of Washington.

Last Saturday tech billionaire and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk tweeted a warning that there is “vastly more risk” associated with artificial inte(...)

In 2015, a group of US researchers with an interest in internet user privacy developed a tool to examine Google’s advertisement settings feature, whi(...)

Groupthink: at the time of the banking collapse commentators suggested the presence of the same individuals on multiple boards may have led to a groupthink that stifled critical analysis of economic realities.

Since the banking crisis of 2008 and the subsequent economic collapse, Ireland has done a lot of soul-searching. The blame has been directed at govern(...)

Swaddling infants may increase their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (Sids) during sleep, an analysis of previous research suggests. Photograph: iStock

Swaddling infants may increase their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (Sids) during sleep, an analysis of previous research suggests. Overall, ba(...)

Liam Ó Maonlaí, Tim Edey and Kevin Burke

The first time Kevin Burke and Liam Ó Maonlaí encountered one another was two years ago on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, where Ó Ma(...)

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