The sun emits a mid-level solar flare on its left side in 2014. File photograph: Nasa/Reuters

The sun is a benign star but at times it can blow its top, blasting out a solar flare that if aimed towards the earth can create problems for us. It c(...)

Flooded fields and roads near Athlone, Co Westmeath, as waters along the river Shannon rose to  severe flood levels during Storm Desmond. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Storm Desmond has come and gone, but is anything but forgotten. Communities up and down the river Shannon continue to struggle; thousands of acres are(...)

A logging site at Nesset, Mau Forest, Kenya. Humans are clearing  a net 10 billion trees a year from the surface of the Earth.

The Earth fairly bristles with trees, with new research showing it has an estimated 3.04 trillion of them. Although this is almost 10 times more than(...)

Professor Paul Moynagh in the lab. Prof Moynagh led the Maynooth University team investigating how to block an inflammation which leads to Type 2 diabetes in people who are overweight. Photograph: Astur Photography

Researchers at Maynooth University may have discovered a way to switch off the development of Type 2 diabetes in people who are overweight. It blocks (...)

Beavers are consummate dam builders, blocking rivers to create ponds and surrounding wetlands. Leaves, branches and other carbon-rich material builds up on the floor of the ponds, rotting to release methane, a greenhouse gas much more powerful than carbon dioxide. Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty

Efforts to retrieve the beaver from near extinction have met with great success - so much so that the animals have now become major polluters. The pon(...)

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(...)