Scientists estimate that just 7,100 of the fleet-footed cats remain in the wild, occupying just 9 per cent of the territory they once lived in. Photograph: Sarah Durant/ZSL/PA Wire

Urgent action is needed to stop the cheetah — the world’s fastest land animal — sprinting to extinction, experts have warned. Scientists estimate tha(...)

William Rowan Hamilton: on a walk to a meeting of the Royal Irish Academy in 1843, the Dublin mathematician realised a mathematical idea that had been bothering him for some time

Over the past 11 years, our national Maths Week has promoted awareness and appreciation of mathematics in the world around us, with hundreds of events(...)

Due to end on December 31st, vehicle registration tax (VRT) reliefs will be extended for five more years for electric cars and two more years for hybrids

Tax relief for hybrid and electric cars has been extended in Budget 2017. Due to end on December 31st this year, the vehicle registration tax (VRT) re(...)

Hungarian Greenpeace activists demonstrate against genetically modified organism food. Photograph: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images

Nongovernmental environmental organisations, principally Greenpeace, have long been vocal in their opposition to genetically modified food. Their opp(...)

Building trust involves all the partners keeping the promises they make, being supportive of each other, and behaving in ways that benefit the partnership as a whole. Illustration: Thinkstock

Partnership working has been in the news lately with politicians talking about partnership government which we are, unfortunately, not going to get. D(...)

Dr Fiona Ginty Principal scientist in the Life Sciences and Molecular Diagnostics Organization at GE Research Center (GRC) in NYC, working on a cure (...)

Taking regular exercise is one extender of youth. Photograph: Thinkstock

We all know people of our own age who look older – and younger – than we do. Each of us ages at our own pace and new research is uncovering how to (...)

Children whose parents described them as “more special than other children” and as kids who “deserve something extra in life” were more likely to score higher on tests of narcissism than peers who were not lauded in this way.

Children who are told they are special by their parents are more likely to become narcissists, according to a study that aimed to uncover the origins (...)

The CIA established the Center on Climate Change and National Security in 2009, a decision that drew fierce criticism from some Republicans who viewed it as a distraction from more pressing terrorist concerns. Photograph: Getty Images

A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be u(...)

Between 15 per cent and 40 per cent of dumped plastic enters the ocean each year, according to a survey in the journal ‘Science’. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Nearly nine million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every year – much more than previously thought – and about one-third of it com(...)

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