Prof Noel Caplice, director of the Centre for Research in Vascular Biology at University College Cork,  displays his stent mesh. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

As Prof Noel Caplice describes it, a revolutionary new system that avoids putting patients through heart bypass operations was literally a “back-of(...)

Carbon dioxide levels increased by 2.2 parts per million during the year, putting average levels for the 12 months at 393.1 parts per million. This is a staggering 141 per cent above the pre-industrial level of 278 parts per million, the report said.

The levels of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere have continued their relentless rise, according to figures just released in Geneva by the (...)

Emergencey services dealing with floods in Blackpool, Cork, this year

Ireland will become a balmier place as a result of climate change but the summertime benefits will come at a cost. The warmer, drier summers will be f(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi

Imagine a super thin sheet of material just one atom thick and you will be thinking about a new kind of electrical storage system under development at(...)

Information hidden in the entrails of Egyptian mummies and in ancient human burial sites could help reduce allergies in children and adults today. Photograph: Justin Ennis/Flickr/Creative Commons

Information hidden in the entrails of Egyptian mummies and in ancient human burial sites could help reduce allergies in children and adults today. Hum(...)

Higher temperatures mean more moisture and more energy to be released. Ireland also lies under a region where these filaments pass overhead and so we too face this increased risk of flooding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Our weather is going to take a turn for the worse in the coming years as the climate warms and rainfall amounts increase. It will lead to more storms (...)

The average age of a woman having a first child in 1986 was 27.2 years but this had climbed to 29.3 years by 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson

Women’s biological clocks genuinely are ticking and there seems little that can be done about it. Once women pass 35 years of age, fertility declines (...)

Pandas eat bamboo and little else, but they thrive on it. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

Giant pandas specialise in looking cute, but they may also go down in history as the animals that saved the planet. Their poo contains bacteria that c(...)

A small stretch of the 27-km long Large Hadron Collider based at Cern on the French/Swiss border. The ring-shaped collider guides streams of particles that can be smashed together to study the nature of matter.

Dick Ahlstrom, Science Editor It walks like a Higgs and quacks like a Higgs but final confirmation that the elusive Higgs boson actually (...)

DICK AHLSTROM Science Editor Dust drilled from a Martian rock confirms that conditions on the Red Planet once included all the ingredient(...)