‘As the microbiome field emerges from its teenage years full of exuberance and promise, reality is hitting in as to how we target it to maintain health and prevent disease.’ Illustration: Thinkstock

Breakthroughs in health research tend not to happen overnight. Discoveries and technologies can take years, even decades, to deliver benefits. So wh(...)

Plaster over the cracks or should we plan for the health effects of climate change now? Photograph: Thinkstock

With a historic agreement on carbon reductions forged in Paris last month, the world’s attention is squarely focused on climate change. But could prot(...)

An artist’s impression of the probe Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

From chasing comets and planets to testing tech for measuring ripples in space-time, this year is gearing up to be another stellar year for space res(...)

Roisin Tuohy and Gabriele Kolesnikovaite, from Lucan Community College, are investigating the impact of screen time with teenagers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Students around the country have been working hard to finish their projects for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) at the RDS (...)

Particularly captivating was a heart-shaped feature, estimated to be 1,600km across at its widest point, on Pluto’s surface

When you cast an eye back over 2015 for the standout science stories, majestic images of our galactic neighbours cannot fail to capture your gaze. (...)

Prolonged kissing – not just a peck – reduces some allergic responses among kissers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Sometimes a piece of research will make you go “huh?” And there are few better places to find out about them than improbable.com, which each year bes(...)

Thorough cooking kills the bacteria, so the usual rules apply: no pink meat and be sure that the juices run clear. Photograph: Thinkstock

In households around the country the countdown is on to the big dinner. But what about those uninvited guests? The bacterial ones that might be lurki(...)

In The Water Book, Alok Jha takes us on a journey from the Antarctic to the monsoons of India (above)

If you are looking to give a curious mind a present this festive season, or if you are looking to feed your own curious mind, then a science-related b(...)

Dr Jim Sullivan, vice-president of pharmaceutical discovery at AbbVie: “It is important in basic research to have the talent working well together.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s got talent in scientific research, but we need to keep investing it to attract even more. That’s according to Dr Jim Sullivan of global biop(...)

Dr William C Campbell: “It is so often not recognised how much parasitism comes into play in the whole natural world.” Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Hearing that you have won a Nobel Prize is a pretty special moment. But when it happened to Dr William C Campbell earlier this year, he was initially(...)