The Celtic tiger’s building boom opened up archaeological sites under pipelines, housing and roads. This was used in a study that revealed that the decline of the bronze trade caused a population decline in 900BC.Photograph: Lorna Siggins

The European economy started to collapse 2,900 years ago, not because of dodgy banking practices but following the break-up of trade. Bronze went out(...)

Agricultural roots: women were not even counted as part of the farming workforce in many censuses,  UCD’s Prof Mary Daly told a conference on Women and Agriculture.

Most women are still entering farming by “marrying land” because farmers prefer to leave land to their sons, the Women and Agriculture conference has(...)

From left, a female Chinese bird spider; a female tube web spider; and a huntsman spider (Heteropoda venatoria). Photographs: Bastian Rast

Snakes, marine sponges, tree frogs, centipedes, spiders and deep-sea trenches: these are just some of the areas where scientists are hunting for ne(...)

Phil Baty, rankings editor at Times Higher Education, said: “This is a real shock result for Ireland – not only has TCD fallen further away from the world top 100 list, but UCD has plummeted out of the top 200 altogether.” Photograph:  ThinkStock 1:31

UCD has fallen out of the world’s top 200 universities in a prestigious global league table, just three years after it dropped out of the top 100.The (...)

Social farming is well established in countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands where farmers are paid for mentoring.

Social farming could reduce health care costs by reducing dependency on intellectual disability and mental health services, a conference on the initia(...)

Truck-driver turned astrophysicist. Dr Ryan Milligan standing outside Queen’s University Belfast. Photograph Queen’s University Belfast

A major source of funding for a collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast and NASA has just been awarded to one of Queen’s astrophysicists.When(...)

Mirror writing: left-handers are celebrating a day of being left-handed. 0:45

It’s perhaps no more than a gimmicky celebration, but today, August 13th, is devoted to International Left Handers Day – when lefties everywhere get a(...)

John Rummel, co-chair of the Nasa special regions committee, Dr John Hallworth from Queen’s University, and Gerhard Kminek, head of planetary protection at the European Space Agency.

A Belfast-based expert on extreme environments for microbes is helping the US space agency Nasa to study whether Mars could become contaminated with b(...)

 Northern Ireland Statistic and Research Agency (NISRA) figures show that a total of 3,288 suicides were registered in Northern Ireland from the beginning of 1998 to the end of 2012 - 77% were men. The 2012 figures are provisional. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Almost as many people have died from suicide in Northern Ireland since the signing of the Good Friday agreement as were killed during the entire Tr(...)

Queen’s University Belfast

Northern Ireland researchers will now be able to participate directly in projects supported by Science Foundation Ireland. The “Investigators Programm(...)