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 (...)

Dr David Mckeown, based at UCD is using maths to control space rocket vibrations

Science is about asking questions, and then by figuring out answers we can solve some of life’s great mysteries and problems. Some of the questions Ir(...)

An initiative is “walking the lives” of people with dementia to assess their needs and to increase public awareness of how to support people in the co(...)

Gut bugs: a study of older people found that those who had less diverse diets tended to have less diverse populations of bacteria in their gut, and this was also linked with poorer health

Diversity is the spice of life. And it seems the same goes for your gut bugs – as we get on in years, at least. That’s the finding of the Eldermet stu(...)

Researchers found that pop and rock trumped classical music for power-boosting effects

You’ve heard of talking to your plants, but how about playing music to your solar cells? Researchers have found that playing acoustic vibrations – inc(...)

Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch (in foreground) during a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergey Ryazansky gives instructions outside the International Space Station. Photograph: Reuters/Nasa TV/Handout via Reuters

The Olympic torch that will light the flame in the upcoming Winter Olympics 2014 has just completed an unusual leg of its journey – into space. The un(...)

Dr Edmund Carton (left), medical director of the Mater hospital ECLS Service, with Paul Lynam who was an ECLS patient (right) and Susanne Lynam (second left) and Liza Hayes, ECLS nurse at the Mater hospital.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

One Sunday last February, Paul Lynam was all set to go to see Ireland and England square up against each other in the rugby. But he never got to the m(...)

Seven-year-old Oisín Blaney Shorte, from Terenure, Dublin, who has asthma, with clinical nurse manager Bríd Ryan O’Malley at Dr Steeven’s Hospital, where the HSE simulated giving a vaccination jab. Photograph: bryan O’Brien

The Health Service Executive has launched a major campaign urging people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza. Research released as p(...)

Pod complex: Jean-Louis Etienne’s proposed ‘polar pod’  will float vertically, drifting around the Antarctic, led by the current.

Practise spending time with yourself, and don’t panic when things go wrong. Those are two lessons for life the French explorer Dr Jean-Louis Etienn(...)

Red Kite: Several kites have been fitted with solar-powered satellite tags that relay the position of the birds up to six times a day.

Twitter might be the place for people to tweet their short messages, but for red kites in Scotland, blogging is where it’s at. Blogging Birds is an in(...)