Augmented reality: a Daqri helmet being demonstrated at DCU’s 36-hour hackathon

Hackathon. It’s one of those buzzy, energetic terms, but what does it really mean? Oxford Dictionaries offers this definition: “An event, typically la(...)

An event at last year’s Festival of Curiosity

If you fancy having your brain tickled, the Festival of Curiosity offers plenty of opportunities in Dublin over the next few days. From dinosaurs t(...)

Ariel Waldman at Inspirefest in Dublin recently: ‘I want to give people the same realisation that I had a few years ago in discovering that I could contribute to space exploration in a meaningful way despite not having a background in it.’ Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Wouldn’t it be fascinating to help find a previously undiscovered black hole? Or to pave the way towards human exploration of Mars? Well you can, a(...)

Coder Ciara Whelan (9), whose project is all about making her doll’s house interactive with an Intel Galileo board. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Ever scratched your head trying to figure out what bus or train to catch when visiting an unfamiliar city? A young Irish coder can help. Another yo(...)

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Here’s an experiment: see if you can read this article to the end without scratching an itch. It might be a bit of fun here, but for some people a per(...)

Tiny patients have particular needs, and that is why some investigator-led clinical studies in Ireland are looking to develop better ways to cater for them, including how best to prevent infections being introduced from the equipment itself.  Photograph: Thinkstock

There are few sights as heartrending as that of a newborn baby surrounded by equipment in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These tiny patients h(...)

Biobanks seek to collect samples from patients and store them safely for researchers who could find them useful: perhaps tomorrow, or perhaps even years down the line. Photograph: Thinkstock

If you want to understand more about a particular disease and identify new ways to treat it, then tissue, cells, blood and perhaps even urine from pat(...)

Rick O’Shea introduces a talk by Dr David Mc Keown at last year’s Pint of Science

How do our brains work? How do we make our water safer and our cities smarter? Can we thwart diseases with devices, food and even maths? These are (...)

A Sira poison frog (Ranitomeya sirensis)

In the rainforest, you look with your ears. It’s a lesson that biologist Dr Mary O’Connell(...)

Prof Fergus Shanahan: ‘The trillions of bugs that colonise our skin, our bowel and our lungs gives us our immune education.’ Photograph: Tomas Tyner, UCC.

When it works well, our immune system keeps us alive and healthy. We need that complex system of cells and molecules to prevent life-threatening in(...)