Sam Smyth of Urban Plant Life surrounded by the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), one of his favourite indoor plants. Photographs: Richard Johnston

It’s not easy being a house plant. Too often, it’s expected to have the endurance skills of a French Foreign legionnaire along with a supernatural (...)

Fossil shark tooth Carcharodon megalodon, USA Natural History Collection/National Museum of Ireland and John Comerford Robert Emmet (1778-1803), c.1803. Watercolour on ivory in a silver-gilt pendant. National Gallery of Ireland Collection

Trove – Dorothy Cross selects work from national collections Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin **** There’s a quote, attributed to Man(...)

Mrs Brown’s Boys triumphed once again in the Christmas ratings in Ireland as it had also done in Britain.

Mrs Brown’s Boys triumphed once again in the Christmas ratings in Ireland as it had also done in Britain. The Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special on RT(...)

Glebe Brethan, a Comté-style, nutty cheese: limited remaining stock is being released and is for sale through Sheridan’s Cheesemongers and from the Tiernan family farm

Temper temperChocolate can be tricky to cook with, but if you’d like to pick up some tips on tempering, as well as watch eight Christmas-themed recipe(...)

Caption: Artist’s reconstruction Vintana sertichi within the context of the tidal, estuarine paleoenvironment and fauna of the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. Credit: Luci Betti-Nash

Scientists have recreated the appearance of the largest mammal yet discovered which lived during the age of the dinosaurs. The recovery of an intact s(...)

Elephant Bird egg: Sold at Christie’s for £122,500

An “Easter egg” with a difference has sold at Christie’s “Travel, Science and Natural History” auction in London where a “very rare and complet(...)

Khumba

This South African animation is just too good. Hang on. We had better clarify. I mean “too” entirely literally and “just” in the sense of “by a(...)

A young boy carries a tank to collect water  in Antananarivo in Madagascar. Malagasy officials announced last month that the city’s coffers were empty and there was no funding for rubbish collection. Refuse has been piling up, encouraging the growth of the rodent population. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

The director of Toliara jail in southwest Madagascar is wary of giving a wrong impression. “Sure we have rats, but lots of places do,” says Serge Idri(...)

Edvize Scanizany working with Moringa leaves. Photograph: Mary Boland

Edvize Scanizany sits on the floor pulling the tiny leaves off the branches of Moringa trees in a shed in Mangily, north of the city of Toliara in sou(...)

A swarm of the red locusts 20 kilometres north of the town of Sakaraha, south west Madagascar, on April 27th last year.  The swarms will return later this month, devastating food crops. Photograph:  Bilal Tarabey/AFP/Getty Images

First, bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add a bagful of live locusts – untreated by pesticides – and stir. Simmer for a few minutes, then drain(...)