Mike Brown, professor of planetary astronomy, points to the gold ring showing the orbital path of Planet Nine at Caltec in California. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon via Getty Images

Astronomers were shocked last January when a research team floated the possibility that there might be an as yet undiscovered large planet lurking fa(...)

The mathematicians are developing a detailed theory of coffee brewing aimed at producing the ultimate morning brew.

The complex maths used to build aircraft and racing cars is being applied to produce the ultimate coffee maker. The mathematicians are developing a d(...)

Human element: a trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this year. Increasingly people are considered too slow to carry out many market functions, and trading is driven by computers. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The state of the stock market displayed on a trader’s screen is history. Big changes can occur in the fraction of a second that it takes for inform(...)

A cancer cell: Systems Biology Ireland is designing new therapeutic approaches based on a systems-level, mechanistic understanding of cellular networks

Once upon a time, biology meant zoology and botany, the study of animals and plants. The invention of the microscope shifted the emphasis to the le(...)