Philomena Lee: her search for her adopted son prompted the film. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film Philomena is among the speakers who will address a conference on adoption at University College Cork (...)

The debate about organically produced food versus chemically produced food never goes away. The two sides seem irreconcilably opposed and the debate r(...)

James Steen, who was found dead in Rugby  at the weekend. Photograph: Warwickshire Police/PA Wire

The parents of a university student from Northern Ireland who was found dead in England at the weekend have described him as a “kind, caring, intellig(...)

David Goodstein on day one of his 2,100km cycle from Brussels to Barcelona.

Clare man David Goodstein recently pushed the boundaries when he participated in a 2100km cycle from Brussels to Barcelona in order to raise awareness(...)

Newcastle University researchers have demonstrated that sewage treatment plants have the power to run themselves while producing renewable energy.

Scientists have built a hydrogen fuel cell powered by sewage. The cell, the first of its kind, was used to transform sewage into useful hydrogen gas u(...)

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 (...)

When a team chooses to apply an intervention it is considered “a move”, much like a snakes and ladders game. Photograph: Druyts.t/ Wikipedia

A unique simulation, akin to ‘war gaming’, has been launched to help find ways to reduce gaps in “healthy life expectancy”. People living only a few m(...)

Thirty six athletes, most with Type 1 diabetes, are among 60 riders taking part in the mHealth Grand Tour from Brussels to Barcelona. Thinkstock

Blood glucose monitors, bicycles, mobile phones and cloud technologies are being used by elite athletes on a punishing trip of over 2,000 km through t(...)

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 (...)

Shane Long scores for West Bromwich Albion against Chelsea. In 18 hours of televised football  studied, there were   2,042 references to alcoholic products. Photograph: Getty Images

The marketing of alcohol products in sport is far more subtle and widespread than commonly acknowledged, according to new research.A study of televise(...)