Dr Naira Hovakimyan of the University of Illinois with a small drone that may eventually be able to carry out household tasks, like retrieving a bottle of medicine, for older adults. Photograph: Daniel Acker/The New York Times

The ranks of older and frail adults are growing rapidly in the developed world, raising alarms about how society is going to help them take care of th(...)

For young children, research shows that boosting their IQ does not pay off. Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

It might not be wise to tell children they are bright. By doing so, you could be instilling an idea in their minds about their abilities by suggest(...)

‘The education of immigrant and culturally diverse students is a global challenge.’ Above, St John the Evangelist National School in Adamstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s emergent transformation from a traditional homogenous society to a nation of new immigrants means that the country’s teachers are on the (...)

Has your life been blighted by man-hating lesbians? Ever found yourself in the grip of unexplained homosexual tendencies?If so, blame Batman, Wonder W(...)

Prof Eoin O’Reilly, newly appointed chief scientific officer at the Tyndall Institute, in Cork: “What I’m particularly excited about, however, is having a part to play in developing new talent.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

There is perhaps nothing more satisfying (or frustrating) for a scientist than to see a once widely disputed theory they developed eventually becom(...)

Heriberto Viramontes has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for brutal assault in April 2010. Photograph: Reuters

A man who brutally attacked a young Irish student and her friend on a street in Chicago has been sentenced to 90 years in prison. Heriberto Viramontes(...)

Heriberto Viramontes was found guilty last October of attempting to murder Natasha McShane (above) and her friend as they walked home from a night out in Chicago in 2010.

A man found guilty of the attempted murders of an Irish student and her friend fought for months to get his conviction overturned or a new trial, it h(...)

The State Claims Agency has strongly defended its handling of recent cases involving compensation. Photograph:  Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

The State Claims Agency, the organisation that manages personal injury and property damage claims against the State, tends to go about its work quietl(...)

Two patients’ advocacy organisations will join in calling for “candour” from the HSE, hospitals and health professionals when facing up to cases of me(...)