A mobile green haven in London

How 21st-century cities can support and benefit from nature is the focus of a new €12 million pan-European research project, which is co-ordinated by (...)

Science can make for a fascinating career in research, but for others a degree in science opens lots of doors in pursuing other careers

I’m often asked by science students for career advice. But really, is this a good idea? After all, here’s a woman who went to university when she was (...)

A Greenpeace supporter wearing protective clothing protests against bee-killer pesticides in front of the building of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture in Budapest on July 11th. Photograph:  Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Everybody loves a bargain. It’s true. We want that buzz of “value” – the lowest price, the buy-one-get-one-free, the 50 per cent off discount – that m(...)

Workers bees and a queen bee (with a yellow spot on her back), from a hive at the Louth Bee Keepers’  demonstration in Castleknock. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
To bee, or not to bee?

“Are you off now for the summer?” As a university professor, I get asked this question a lot at this time of year. People are often surprised when I t(...)

Everyone knows Tyrannosaurus Rex was a super predator, but did that beast also snack on carcasses left behind by other predators? File photograph: Getty Images

Vultures and hyenas have provided the inspiration for a study that helps establish who got to eat what during the age of the dinosaurs. Some were mi(...)

Jesko Zimmermann, a research fellow in botany in Trinity College Dublin’s School of Natural Sciences, said lands used for crops cause the release of more carbon sources than grasslands, which sequester carbon.  File photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Land use research has shown Ireland may be underestimating agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. The finding may require a change in the way data i(...)

Tommy Furey of the Marine Institute onboard the Celtic Explorer with maps of mountains in the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland is leading the world in deep-sea mapping. Photograph: Andrew Downes/XPOSURE

The Earth’s oceans cover about 70 per cent of the surface of the planet. Human beings have explored only 10 per cent. The deepest oceans are largel(...)

Zoologists at Trinity College Dublin have come up with the idea of creating ‘restaurants’ for vultures to protect the specis against habitat loss, poisoning and other threats. Photograph: Darcy Ogada.

How do you reverse a massive decline in the numbers of African white-backed vultures that threatens the species? You open a vulture restaurant of cour(...)

What if microbes in your water could be good for your health? Photograph: Thinkstock

What is in your drinking water? Is bottled water pure? Or might it contain even more microbes than tap water? Would some bacteria in your drinking wat(...)