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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(...)

Biobanks seek to collect samples from patients and store them safely for researchers who could find them useful: perhaps tomorrow, or perhaps even years down the line. Photograph: Thinkstock

If you want to understand more about a particular disease and identify new ways to treat it, then tissue, cells, blood and perhaps even urine from pat(...)

Rick O’Shea introduces a talk by Dr David Mc Keown at last year’s Pint of Science

How do our brains work? How do we make our water safer and our cities smarter? Can we thwart diseases with devices, food and even maths? These are (...)

A Sira poison frog (Ranitomeya sirensis)

In the rainforest, you look with your ears. It’s a lesson that biologist Dr Mary O’Connell learned quickly when she landed in Peru last January to (...)

Prof Fergus Shanahan: ‘The trillions of bugs that colonise our skin, our bowel and our lungs gives us our immune education.’ Photograph: Tomas Tyner, UCC.

When it works well, our immune system keeps us alive and healthy. We need that complex system of cells and molecules to prevent life-threatening in(...)

Crowdfunding: ‘It has to be the correct flavour for the correct cause’

Got a few euro to spare? Through crowdfunding websites, some researchers and start-ups are asking the public to pitch in directly. And while crowdf(...)

Mags Mullarney’s social enterprise, Move4Parkinson’s, is helping people with the condition to understand how they can take a more active role in managing their life. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

When most of us stand up to give a speech, we fear that we might freeze on the spot, stuck for a word. For Mags Mullarney, who has Parkinson’s dise(...)

Left to right: Sadhbh O’Muirí (Dunshaughlin Community College), Lydia Koilparambil (St Dominic’s Cabra), Mary Ishabigi (St Dominic’s Cabra) and Niamh Scanlon (Girls Hack Ireland mentor) at Girls Hack Ireland in DCU

What happens when 100 or so teenage girls gather for a day, learn coding skills and “hack” new websites? Add a bit of music, food, prizes and some hel(...)

TEDx talk: Adam Harris tries to give the  audience at DCU an insight into being a person on the autistic spectrum.

Imagine being placed on a spaceship and blasted into outer space, only to arrive on a planet not built for you. That’s the scenario painted last mo(...)