By Clodagh Mulvey. Chronic smoking has been found to alter a smoker’s perception so that positive images of smoking are seen in a more favourable light than for those who don’t smoke regularly, a study has shown.
Following the French presidency and Irish Water Company controversies, Giovanni Morrelli finds new meaning in the catchphrase ‘The French Paradox’ and takes a swipe at the water utility for flooding us with scandals before supplying a single drop of water.
In the last of our series on healthy seasonal seafood, Dietitian Paula Mee outlines the benefits of prawns and offers a recipe for a delicious, hearty seafood chowder.
By Pat Kelly. Countering a movement to improve women’s driving rights in Saudi Arabia, a conservative cleric has claimed that women who drive cars can damage their ovaries and bear children with clinical complications.
By Pat Kelly. A Chicago heavy-metal themed fast-food restaurant is the subject of outrage for selling a cheeseburger topped with communion wafers.
By Pat Kelly. The 2013 Ig Nobel prizes were awarded last week, with the Medicine Prize going to a Japanese team who probed the effects of opera music on mice who had received heart transplants.
By Pat Kelly. In a classic case of the phenomenon of ‘inattentional blindness’, a cohort of radiologists failed to notice an image of a dancing gorilla on a CT scan which was 48 times larger than the nodules they were charged with finding.
By Pat Kelly. A consultant microbiologist has criticised doctors for dressing informally, citing a “lack of personal hygiene and correspondingly lower standards of hygienic behaviour”.