Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, an organiser of Bright Club Dublin and improv performer

Science is a serious endeavour, but there’s room for joking around too. The rib-tickling aspects of research are encouraged at Bright Club Dublin, (...)

The Cravings exhibition experiment about how combinations of sensory cues affect flavour perception. Photograph: copyright Science Museum, London

What foods can you not resist? Cheesecake, perhaps? Chocolate? Chips smothered with salt and ketchup? Cravings: Can Your Food Control You? at Londo(...)

Mary Njenga processing samples at the OpenBiome stool bank in the  US.

Imagine receiving a “faecal microbiota transplant”: an infusion of someone else’s stool microbes into your gut. “It doesn’t sound like something you m(...)

Growing their Stem businesses: Mary Carty (third from right) with some of the participants in Outbox Incubator

An app to help businesses recover from software collapse, a device to help people with Parkinson’s disease to keep walking, and an online forum to (...)

Augmented reality: a Daqri helmet being demonstrated at DCU’s 36-hour hackathon

Hackathon. It’s one of those buzzy, energetic terms, but what does it really mean? Oxford Dictionaries offers this definition: “An event, typically la(...)

An event at last year’s Festival of Curiosity

If you fancy having your brain tickled, the Festival of Curiosity offers plenty of opportunities in Dublin over the next few days. From dinosaurs t(...)

Ariel Waldman at Inspirefest in Dublin recently: ‘I want to give people the same realisation that I had a few years ago in discovering that I could contribute to space exploration in a meaningful way despite not having a background in it.’ Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Wouldn’t it be fascinating to help find a previously undiscovered black hole? Or to pave the way towards human exploration of Mars? Well you can, a(...)

Coder Ciara Whelan (9), whose project is all about making her doll’s house interactive with an Intel Galileo board. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Ever scratched your head trying to figure out what bus or train to catch when visiting an unfamiliar city? A young Irish coder can help. Another yo(...)

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Here’s an experiment: see if you can read this article to the end without scratching an itch. It might be a bit of fun here, but for some people a per(...)

Tiny patients have particular needs, and that is why some investigator-led clinical studies in Ireland are looking to develop better ways to cater for them, including how best to prevent infections being introduced from the equipment itself.  Photograph: Thinkstock

There are few sights as heartrending as that of a newborn baby surrounded by equipment in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These tiny patients h(...)