An electron microscope image of a zircon crystal

Geologists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered that the very oldest pieces of rock on Earth are to be found at the bottom of craters left by ast(...)

Any old silver? Hiberno Norse silver penny showing Sithrick of Dublin, minted circa 995-1020. Photograph: Werner Forman/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Do you happen to have any Viking-related material lying around the house? Maybe a helmet or two, or a sword or dagger? Perhaps there’s a longboat bur(...)

The Irish Research Council announces projects selected for €144,000 in funding for 1916-themed research projects. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The Irish Research Council is to fund projects themed to the 1916 centenary with 17 projects sharing a combined award of €144,000. Details of the fu(...)

EO Wilson and Richard Dawkins: had a disagreement about evolution

Academic spats make great spectator sport. Take the evolutionarily sparring contest between Richard Dawkins and EO Wilson, which centres on how natur(...)

Up close and personal: the false black widow spider has a fearsome reputation for its bite. File photograph: Michel Dugon

Don’t be too quick to stomp on that spider running across your livingroom floor - its relations might one day save your life. A scientist at NUI Galw(...)

Dr Maria McNamara, of University College Cork, with Bertie the boa constrictor. Photograph: Mike McSweeney, Provision

An Irish scientist has been able to reconstruct a fossil in full living colour for the first time. Dr Maria McNamara, of University College Cork (UCC(...)

You may have to search long and hard, as many scholarships and bursaries are not widely publicised or promoted

If you’re looking for funding that could make the difference between being able to pursue postgraduate study or not, the good news is there are far m(...)

Photograph: Thinkstock

There seems to be an obsession that in order to survive the global war on talent our graduates must be herded in ever-greater numbers towards science(...)

In a new survey, 22 candidates expressed views on abortion that differed from the position provided by their party.

A survey of parties and candidates has found that abortion is the issue with the highest level of internal disagreement within parties. The survey c(...)

An EmPower cookstove in use charging a mobile phone. Image: Anthony Robinson/TCD

Irish engineers have developed an inexpensive stove for use in the developing world that cooks food but also produces enough electricity to power ligh(...)