Averil Power: her interview on Moncrieff provided a rare glimpse of a politician throwing off the pressures and hypocrisies of party loyalties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just as Dolly Parton famously quips that it takes a lot of money for her to look so cheap, one suspects that sounding flippant is a serious business f(...)

Dr Anne Moore of UCC’s School of Pharmacy

Communication is, arguably, the biggest problem facing science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem). It’s not always easy to grasp the complex(...)

Pat Kenny: can lack spark. Photograph: Frank Miller

Tuning into The Pat Kenny Show (Newstalk, weekdays) last week, one could be forgiven for worrying if some awful fate was about to befall the host. Aft(...)

Colds are more common at this time of year because we’re indoors more, in closer proximity, and that makes it more infectious. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

I have the cure for your cold. Boil a big bottle of red lemonade in a saucepan and drink it all while it’s piping hot. Or cut a clove of garlic in (...)

Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who sparked the MMR controversy, beside a supporter’s banner. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Don’t believe everything you read: a cynical rule for cynical times. One might think the academic journal is the one place where accuracy, validity(...)

Cliona O’Farrelly, professor of comparative immunology, and Luke O’Neill, professor of biochemistry, curators of the Fat: It’s Delicious exhibition in the Science Gallery, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Blubber. Lard. Triglycerides. Call it what you like, but fat pushes our buttons. The term itself conjures up images of obesity, ill health, breakfasts(...)

Fat chance: Cliona O’Farrelly, professor of comparative immunology at Trinity College, with Luke O’Neill, professor of biochemistry at Trinity College,  at the Science Gallery. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fat: it keeps us warm, it gives us energy, it makes food tasty and it carries out important functions in our cells. But too much fat, particularly if(...)

A solemn undertaking: discretion is second nature to funeral directors. Photograph: Getty

Although it sounds like the name of some doomy goth band, the Death Care Academy is just what it says: an educational centre that provides trai(...)

Kevin Courtney demonstrates his skills with a pipette to Prof Luke O’Neill at the school of biochemistry and immunology, Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Need something to help reduce inflammation? Prof Luke O’Neill and his team may be able to help you there. Prof O’Neill is Ireland’s leading expert on (...)

Irish biopharma company Opsona Therapeutics last week announced a new round of investment, to the tune of €33 million. Their goal? To dampen th(...)