‘In December a well-argued letter to The Irish Times by David Walsh took the field of women’s studies to task for promoting the ideological notion that gender is a social construct in the face of scientific evidence that biology plays a prominent role’

Every social scientist I ever met was liberal-left. This uniformity always struck me as very odd. I accidentally came across a new, rigorous academ(...)

The former home of George Boole in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The famous mathematician George Boole (1815-1864) has been variously called “the father of pure mathematics” and “the father of the computer age”. (...)

Our capacity for co-operation has deep evolutionary roots and scientists have been studying this in chimpanzees and bonobos (above), our closest living relatives. Photograph: Thinkstock

There are many reasons why humans became the dominant form of life on Earth, not the least of which is our ability to co-operate with each other. C(...)

Recent research suggests that mindfulness meditation can make pain less bothersome to those who practise it. Photograph: Thinkstock

Meditation has never been more popular than it is now. Transcendental meditation (TM), a mind-emptying type of meditation, used to be the most popu(...)

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We have all wondered what it is like to die. Resuscitation medicine can now revive people who have been clinically dead for hours, and some revived(...)

As grasslands cover nearly 60 per cent of the Irish landscape, the quantity of carbon dioxide sequestered annually in Irish soils is enormous but is not allowed to be factored in under current accounting procedures. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ireland’s greatest natural resource is probably its ability to grow grass. Agriculture is our main indigenous industry, and the Government is commi(...)

The culpably faulty study that claimed to find a link between MMR vaccination and autism scared many parents, who stopped vaccinating their children. Photograph: Thinkstock

Imagine the following Irish Times headline: “UCC professor sentenced to six months in prison for fabricating data behind recent Nature paper on can(...)

Ikaria: the island’s inhabitants live 10 years longer than Americans before contracting cancer or cardiovascular disease, and suffer much less from depression. Photograph: Thinkstock

Certain communities in discrete pockets around the world live considerably longer than the norm elsewhere. Researchers eagerly study such communiti(...)

Most people have heard of savant syndrome, first described in 1887, whereby a person is naturally endowed from early life with remarkable skills in mu(...)

Pinocchio learned all about the damage lies can cause

George Washington is widely quoted as saying, “I cannot tell a lie”. Although he never actually uttered these words, if he had, the statement would(...)