Prof Séamus Martin of TCD’s Smurfit Institute of Genetics: ‘I am delighted to accept this award and must recognise the contribution of those who work alongside me in the lab.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The research of Prof Séamus Martin and his team at TCD may have implications for the treatment of cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes an(...)

Nutritionally poor: greater white-toothed shrew

The invader is out-competing the indigenous pygmy shrew, and there could be serious repercussions for our ecosystem

The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher, Muscicapa sodhil, lives in the forested lowlands of Sulawesi  island in Indonesia. Photograph: Martin Lindop and Ticiana Jardim Marini.

Sulawesi streaked flycatcher eluded human engagement for 15 years after first sighting

The president of the European Research Council Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

It was a pleasure listening to someone who believes that “frontier research” must be supported

The ‘Philae’ lander faces dangers as the comet becomes violently active. Photograph: ESA/EPA

Lander to get more light as comet approaches sun

Prof Séamus Martin was  named  Boyle Medal laureate. The award includes the medal and a cash bursary of €20,000.

Biochemist leads research team looking at process of cell death and inflammation

The Celtic tiger’s building boom opened up archaeological sites under pipelines, housing and roads. This was used in a study that revealed that the decline of the bronze trade caused a population decline in 900BC.Photograph: Lorna Siggins

Irish archaeological sites explain huge European population fall

European Research Council president Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon says more women are needed in pioneering scientific research. “We need all the talented people we can get,” he said. “We can’t forget half the population of Europe.”  Photograph: European Research Council

Low funding will encourage Ireland’s brightest scientists to move abroad - ERC

The  Philae lander photographed by the Rosetta mothership  on the surface of the  comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, some 500m km from Earth. Photograph: ESA handout/Reuters

Philae lander’s data would mean nothing without speed-of-light communications

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