PD James’s  first novel was Cover Her Face (1962), which harked back to the cosy murders of the golden age, set in a country house with a body in a locked room and a cast including the vicar and a genial country doctor.

PD James, latterly Lady James of Holland Park, who has died aged 94, was the grande dame of the British crime novel. She was a link with the golden ag(...)

George Boole: became professor of mathematics at Queen’s College in 1849 despite having no degree and never having attended any university

Mathematician and logician George Boole died just 150 years ago, on December 8th, 1864, following a drenching as he was walking between his home an(...)

Beachgoers relax  on a  in Eastbourne in England during a heatwave. A new report warns that global warming could increase vulnerability to life-threatening heatwaves more than 10-fold in parts of Europe by the end of the century. Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty Images.

Global warming could increase vulnerability to life-threatening heatwaves more than 10-fold in parts of Europe by the end of the century, a new repor(...)

There’s a delicious sense of tradition at Christmas on the Square, when many of the grand Georgian Houses on Dublin’s Merrion Square open up to the(...)

Among the events planned for the Bicentenary celebrations of mathematician Geroge Boole’s death is a restoration by UCC and Cork City Council of the scientist’s home  in Cork.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today join with the president of University College Cork Dr Michael Murphy to launch next year’s celebration to mark the bic(...)

Training videos produced in Vienna were played to marmoset monkeys in Brazilian rainforests. 3:09

Old dogs aren’t the only ones learning new tricks. Researchers have shown that monkeys in the wild can watch “educational” videos and learn new ways (...)

Dr Tony Bazley, regional director of 
the
 exploration company Tamboran: “We would ask for people to keep an open mind and make a decision based on the facts, not misinformation.”

Dr Tony Bazley is the regional director of the exploration company Tamboran based in Co Down who has the task of trying to sell shale gas exploration (...)

Premium ice creams contain up to 15 per cent fat, which is well-dispersed so you feel lubrication but not chunks. Photograph: Thinkstock

Toasted Irish oats, lemon curd, sea salt, Kieran’s cookies, Dingle gin and Kerry cream vanilla: these are just some of the mouth-watering ice-cream(...)

Climate-change science has come under attack from fossil-fuel lobbyists. Above, heat waves distort a photograph of a flight taking off in Virginia. June 2014 was the hottest June on record in the US since data collection began in 1880. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The recent news that two “ground- breaking” papers on stem-cell research by Japanese scientists have been retracted by the prestigious science jour(...)

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Christmas has come early for the lucky science research community. European Commissioner for Research and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn last week anno(...)