Pictured from left to right are students Sean Rooney (DCU), Danielle O’Sullivan (Maynooth) and Shane Keane (Maynooth).

Students will be taking planes, trains and automobiles home to vote in the same-sex marriage referendum on Friday, May 22nd. Those who have fin(...)

A Sira poison frog (Ranitomeya sirensis)

In the rainforest, you look with your ears. It’s a lesson that biologist Dr Mary O’Connell learned quickly when she landed in Peru last January to (...)

(From left) Ryan Lawlor, Caoimhe Kelly, Aaron Scully and Elisha McAuley, 5th class pupils from Scoil an Chroi Ró Naofa Íosa, Dublin, tackle a science project at the launch of  the RDS Stem Learning project. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new way to teach science in primary school has received top marks in an independent review carried out by consultants. Developed by the RDS, Dublin (...)

In areas such as gamete donation, stem-cell research and genetic screening there are new proposals that will rock Ireland out of its legal and philosophical stupor. Above, stem cell research. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s proposed Bill for assisted human reproduction and stem-cell research will be put before the Cabinet later this y(...)

Dublin City University’s Fiontar programme has revolutionised the way in which students relate to the language

There seems to be a general perception that our national language is perpetually on its last legs. But the view from within the Irish-language depa(...)

Ireland has some of the least polluted skies in Europe. Above, a clear night sky in Kerry. Photograph: Michael Sheehan

Ireland has some of the least polluted skies in Europe, and not just in terms of air pollution: we also have relatively clean skies when it comes t(...)

The Atlantic coast of the US photographed at night from the International Space Station. Photograph: Nasa/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

What do surgical instruments, high-speed computer communications, low-energy Christmas tree lights, pollution measurements and improved education i(...)

Guide to business courses

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE Higher Certificate in Business and Accounting (Level 6) IT Tallaght Two years full-time (with part-time options) T(...)

Ireland used to have more widespread voluntary folic acid fortification than other European countries and the rate of birth defects fell up to 2008. However, it started rising again in 2009

A growing incidence of severe birth defects among Irish newborns is being linked to a reduction in the amounts of folic acid added by food manufactur(...)

Muscular dystrophy only affects young males and is the most common inherited neuro-muscular condition here, affecting one in 3,500 boys

Researchers in Dublin and Bonn have made an important discovery related to muscular dystrophy, a relatively common inherited degenerative disorder.The(...)