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(...)

Kristine Rose Beers, working on a mid-16th century Qur’an produced by the master artist Ruzbihan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There are few places where sticky goop made from fish meets mass spectrometry, other than in the conservation unit of a museum. The old and the new(...)

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: to chair national review of gender equality in higher education sector. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images.

Former European commissioner and Fianna Fáil minister Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is to chair a national review of gender equality in higher education. Ms (...)

 Parchments such as this 14th century archbishop’s register hold clues to ancient DNA of animals. Photograph: By permission of the Borthwick Institute for Archives

Documents similar to the Book of Kells and other ancient parchments may soon reveal more secrets.Scientists at Trinity College Dublin and the Univers(...)

During the Stone Age, a group of men hammer at rock in order to manufacture flints. Photograph: Kean Collection/Getty Images

You’d be forgiven for thinking that spices came to Ireland with the arrival of Uncle Ben or Celtic Tiger foodies. However, it now appears that flav(...)

Meg Harper, director of the Yeats Summer School, and author John Banville. Photograph: James Connolly

If WB Yeats was around today he would use YouTube and Twitter, the director of the International Yeats Summer School in Sligo suggested yesterday.Prof(...)

Here’s a heartening tale. In 1995, a group of islanders on Arran, known as the “sleeping warrior” on Scotland’s Firth of Clyde, became fed up of the c(...)