Comedian Dara Ó Briain and Crónán Ó Doibhlin,  Head of Special Collections, Archives and Repository Services, UCC inspect a cpy of George Boole’s ‘The Laws of Thought’. The book centred on his famous theory of logic and probabilities and has heavily influenced mathematics for modern  computer systems. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Comedian and science aficionado Dara Ó Briain paid his respects to mathematician George Boole at the weekend when he visited University College Cork t(...)

In the case of the new finding, by the University of Glasgow and Heriot-Watt University, once slowed the photons stay slowed, they don’t speed up again. Details are published in Science Express.

The speed of light never changes, right?Wrong.Scientists from two universities in Scotland have managed to slow down light as it moved through free sp(...)

Co Wicklow man Derek Palmer went back to education via a PLC  at age 29

“I was born in Bray, Co Wicklow but grew up in Scotland. When I finished school I was offered a place in English and geography at the University of Gl(...)

Portrait of Francis Hutcheson by Allan Ramsay at Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow

It’s just like a philosopher to be born and to die on the same date. Such was the fate of Co Down man Francis Hutcheson (August 8th, 1694, to Augus(...)

Scientists in the UK and Ireland have grown a large number of red blood cells in the laboratory, using stem cells, and are preparing to test them in human trials.

Scientists in the UK and Ireland have successfully used stem cells to grow large numbers of red blood cells in the laboratory and are now preparing(...)

Ionia and Mairéad Ní Chróinín of Moonfish. Photograph: Eric Luke

When Mairéad and Ionia Ní Chróinín were small, their father, Dáibhí, would read them the tale of Pinocchio, which had been translated into Irish direc(...)

Surgeons inserting a stent, at the Cardiac Cath Lab in St James’ Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New research has found that inserting stents in all narrowed arteries of heart attack patients, rather than the current practice of only treating bloc(...)

The biggest fish ever to swim in the sea grew to the astonishing length of 54 feet, research has shown. It sounds like a fisherman’s tale. But the gia(...)

City life can take its toll, even on birds, judging by new research that shows blackbirds living among humans wake up earlier and sleep less – leading(...)

Eamon Eastwood, Taste Ireland in Australia

It started with a bedroom full of cheese and onion crisps, but now anyone in Australia buying Tayto, Barry’s tea or McDonnell’s curry sauce can(...)