Ray Burke of Active Connections pictured in Farran Woods, Cork. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New series: Solutions for social problems This week sees the start of a new series in ‘Health & Family’ in which we profile social entrepreneurs (...)

Dr David McKeown, a research engineer at University College Dublin: ‘It will be just me and the microphone and that is scary.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What if you could get a glimpse of the funny side of what researchers do by hearing their jokes? Next week, a handful of intrepid researchers w(...)

The Earth seen in relation to a solar eruption

Fancy yourself as a sunspotter? If so, Sunspotter.org needs your time and brain power. The crowdsourcing website asks volunteers to compare pairs o(...)

Claire O’Connell at home in Dublin, trying to improve her life month by month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Is a new year’s resolution any more than an aspirational notion? By the end of January will you still be working out four times a week, or will you(...)

Dr Cliona Murphy: is taking part in the BioInnovate programme at NUI Galway

A prototype device to enable “less traumatic introduction of large diameter therapeutic vascular devices” into the body has won this year’s Cleveland (...)

Online reviews form a treasure trove of information, whether people are looking for advice or leaving their own opinions for others to read

The last time you were planning a major purchase – a new laptop maybe, or a holiday at a hotel – did you check out online reviews of what other peo(...)

Taste is a powerful sense and can evoke vivid memories, but the primary function of our senses is far more basic. Background: a microscopic image of a tongue and taste buds. Images: Thinkstock, Getty

Think about biting into a slice of lemon: its acidic sourness makes you wince. Now imagine a sip of double espresso: the bitter pang of caffeine is(...)

Dr Cliona Murphy, a consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Late or heavy periods. Prolapse. PCOS. Leaky bladder. If any of those sound familiar, you are not alone. Gynaecological issues can crop up any time fr(...)

In many cases, gynaecological issues are irritating, and in severe cases they can be debilitating. But when should you go to see your doctor? Here (...)

Émer Hickey, Sophie Healy-Thow and Ciara Judge from Kinsale, Co Cork, winners of the BT Young Scientists of the Year 2013 title. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow decided to enter the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, they didn’t know how much work (...)