Protesters battle  high winds and rain on Vinegar Hill, while taking part in a protests against pylons and wind turbines, at Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, last January. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

After the opening credits of his TV3 programme on Wednesday night, Vincent Browne took a swing at the Government at the end of one of the more chaste(...)

Oranges and lemons: variations of gravity have important geophysical consequences – but when it comes to weight control, they can’t substitute for the old reliables

Many of us struggle to lose weight, or at least struggle to keep our weight within a manageable range. There is no easy way to do this, but could g(...)

Sean Cronin and Fergus McFadden at Griffith College. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Athletes retire early. Just as most people are making strides in their career – around their mid-30s – professional sports players are winding down(...)

Prof Ciarán Regan, who has died aged 64, was a distinguished scientist and teacher whose groundbreaking research led to a better understanding of how (...)

Taste is a powerful sense and can evoke vivid memories, but the primary function of our senses is far more basic. Background: a microscopic image of a tongue and taste buds. Images: Thinkstock, Getty

Think about biting into a slice of lemon: its acidic sourness makes you wince. Now imagine a sip of double espresso: the bitter pang of caffeine is(...)

Science is amazing and science is for everyone, right? Why is it, then, that the promotion of science and scientific endeavour is aimed mostly at chil(...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Dr David Mckeown, based at UCD is using maths to control space rocket vibrations

Science is about asking questions, and then by figuring out answers we can solve some of life’s great mysteries and problems. Some of the questions Ir(...)

UCD is prioritising research into the Internet of Things, said college president Prof Andrew Deeks and Prof Staszewski (above) would strengthen UCD’s involvement in this sector, he added. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

An internationally recognised expert in wireless technology is to take up a research professorship which includes five-year funding worth €5 million. (...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: “Beef access to the Chinese market is a huge prize and my department and the beef industry will now work to ensure that that inspection visit is successful.”   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Chinese authorities will send a team next month to look at the beef inspection system in Ireland, with a view to opening its market to Irish beef(...)