A child born today has a one in three chance of developing dementia and, so far, there is no promising research into a cure, according to head of research at Fujitsu Ireland, Anthony McCauley

The annual Fujitsu Forum is a big corporate love-in for the Japanese technology giant and its clients, and last week’s gathering in Munich was no exce(...)

Atlantic Philanthropies founder Chuck Feeney (right) with president and chief executive Christopher Oechsli. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Atlantic Philanthropies is to give €138 million – its largest grant to date – to Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco to (...)

Meltwater flows along the Greenland ice sheet, one of the biggest and fastest-melting chunks of ice on Earth. Photograph: Josh Haner/the New York Times

The midnight sun still gleamed at 1am across the brilliant expanse of the Greenland ice sheet. Brandon Overstreet, a doctoral candidate in hydrology a(...)

Window air-conditioning units on display at Lowe’s in Fresno, California. Only now is the US waking up to the environmental cost of such massive energy consumption – and to the chilling prospect that the rest of the world may follow its example. Photograph: Diana Baldrica/Fresno Bee/MCT via Getty Images

It was a sun-drenched afternoon, with another autumnal heatwave cooking the concrete of Los Angeles, but Joanne Pilecki hugged her green fleece close (...)

Myles na gCopaleen aka  Flann O’Brien aka Brian O’Nolan. File photograph: The Irish Times

When Brian O’Nolan died, almost 50 years ago, his writing career was dismissed by one influential critic as a “ruin”. But if it remains a ruin, half (...)

‘Gay unions are ‘’pro-life’ because they too create those committed together ‘lives’ in community.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The recent vote to legalise same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland was momentous. The final tally settled matters of law. But, emotions remain r(...)

Google’s self-driving car in Mountain View, California. Google’s driverless car has been involved in some minor crashes because it observes traffic laws to the letter, and people don’t. Photograph: Gordon de los Santos/Google via the New York Times

Google, a leader in efforts to create driverless cars, has run into an odd safety conundrum: humans. Last month, as one of Google’s self-driving cars (...)

Research at NASA for the last two decades has focused on the International Space Station

The Space Race used to be a 100-metre sprint. Now it’s more like a three-legged event. Things move slower and cooperation is vital. The manned space (...)

Kieran Drain (right), chief executive of the Tyndall National Institute, with Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, at the launch of the Tyndall 2014 annual report. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Organisations involved in commercialising R&D argue that strong national R&D programmes that bring together third-level researchers and ind(...)

Gavin Duffy of ‘Dragons’ Den’ said he is  “always surprised by the level of understanding of business primary school children in particular can display”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This week Ibec called for teachers to be trained in “entrepreneurial thinking” with a view to introducing courses at primary and secondary schools in (...)