Flemish geographer Gerardus Mercator: devised a map on which loxodromes appear as straight lines

Try to wrap a football in aluminium foil and you will discover that you have to crumple up the foil to make it fit snugly to the ball. In the same (...)

A new €5 million research centre which will see industry and academia collaborate on specific health projects was officially launched today.The Applie(...)

A statement from the Iona Institute called for Dr Maureen Gaffney to withdraw her comments immediately. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Campaigners for a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum have hit out against clinical psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney after she referred to Nazi(...)

Irish Rugby ambassador Fiona Coghlan, Ireland Women head coach Tom Tierney,  IRFU chief executive Philip Browne and team captain Niamh Briggs at the announcement that Ireland will host the 2017 tournament. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Women’s Rugby World Cup is coming to Ireland in August 2017. The University College Dublin campus, and possibly Donnybrook’s 4G pitch, will(...)

 ‘Portrait of a bearded man’ by Rubens  - part of Beit collection, for auction at Christie’s London in July

The sale of Old Master paintings from Russborough House in Co Wicklow is “an absolute necessity” if the stately home is to remain open to the publi(...)

Human element: a trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this year. Increasingly people are considered too slow to carry out many market functions, and trading is driven by computers. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The state of the stock market displayed on a trader’s screen is history. Big changes can occur in the fraction of a second that it takes for inform(...)

Bank of Ireland accounted for just 6 per cent of the court repossession proceedings issued last year, according to the bank’s governor, Archie Kane, (...)

A Galway film student’s documentary about “empty nest” syndrome has been accepted for  the Cannes Film Festival’s short film corner next month(...)

Ian Paisley jnr believes “very strongly in the traditional interpretation of what marriage is” and stands over the “immoral, offensive and obnoxious” comment. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ian Paisley jnr, as he works to consolidate his hold on the North Antrim constituency, says Justin McAleese needs to “get over it” after the former p(...)

Faoiltiarna Keenan, a student from Co Tyrone gives a hand to US Ambassador Kevin O’Malley and Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan while they pose for a photograph at  a USIT and CIEE (Council of International Educational Exchanges) orientation session at UCD student centre in  Belfield for J-1 participants. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times. 2:45

Travelling to the United States on a J1 visa is possibly the greatest experience that any student could have, but it also brings responsibilities, Min(...)