Prof Lee Cronin: “One day people might do this in their houses but not now.”

Research shows potential of 3D printing for low-cost plants to build chemicals for drugs

Caitríona Mordan, RRI projects officer for DCU

Research Lives: Caitríona Mordan, RRI projects officer for Dublin City University

Dr Pasha Baranov (left) with co-authors of the Nature paper, Dr Martina Yordanova from Pasha’s laboratory and Dr Gary Loughran from Prof John Atkins’ laboratory in UCC. The photo is by Dr Alex Zhdanov, also a co-author

Research Lives: Dr Pasha Baranov, head of UCC Laboratory of Post-Transcriptional Control and BioInformatics

It isn’t a textbook but opens up the world of science: Foraminifera are single-celled protists with shells. Illustrations from Life Under The Lens by Jennifer Delaney.

Colouring books can encourage people to learn and think about science in new ways

Dr Aggie Georgiopoulou and Dr David McNamara aboard the JOIDES Resolution, sailing in the sourthern Pacific. Photograph: Dr Erin Todd

JOIDES Resolution on mission to better understand sub-sea phenomena

Dr Fatima Gunning: “When I was growing up in Brazil, my older brother was always showing me how to make things.”

Research lives: Dr Fatima Gunning, senior staff researcher at Tyndall National Institute and UCC Department of Physics

Dr Rachel McLoughlin at the research bench in TCD. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Research Lives: Dr Rachel McLoughlin, assistant professor in immunology at TCD School of Biochemistry and Immunology and Trinity B(...)

Research Lives: Prof of materials and sensor science at Dublin City University Dermot Diamond, principal investigator with Insight(...)

Dr John Morrissey of UCC, who co-ordinates a project entitled  CHASSY, developing yeasts for making ingredients in cosmetics. Photograph: John Sheehan

Science for Sustainability exhibition in Cork tackles critical environmental questions

Dr Rosie Mangan: “As for insects, I find them fascinating. Love them or loathe them, you can’t deny they are vital for life on earth and they are the most diverse group in the animal kingdom.”

Research Lives: Dr Rosie Mangan, post-doctoral researcher, Department of Biology, Maynooth University

Research Lives: When I came to Ireland from Lithuania I thought it was a really clean place, but these city measurements show that(...)

Eoin Gill and Sheila Donegan from Maths Week with Jadine Rock of Rutland National School, Dublin,  at the launch of Maths Week Ireland 2017. Photograph Shane O’Neill

Over a quarter of a million people set to enjoy fun events and numerical challenges

Jaswinder Kaur: On the hunt for fungi that can make a difference in agriculture and industry: Photograph: Conor McCabe

Research lives: Jaswinder Kaur, Fulbright-Teagasc awardee and PhD candidate with the Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre at Limer(...)

Ruth Connelly of third class Ballintemple National School at the Discovery Science Festival in Cork City Hall. Photograph: Clare Keogh

It’s an opportunity for schools and the wider public to explore and engage with this incredible Universe that we are all part of

Getting ready for departure on the Science Bus  were four of the five science bus drivers (captains) from Ireland; Stephen Davitt, Claire O’Connell, Aoibhéann Bird and Phil Smyth,   with DCU president Prof Brian MacCraith in the centre at back. Photograph: Daire Hall

Access science: ‘The idea is to engage people through hands-on workshops and activities that are accessible’

Participants of the Future Creators programme, which allows teenagers to get creative with technology. Photograph:  Peter Houlihan

Future Creators introduces teens to coding, app development, robotics and social media

Dr André Brodkorb, principal research officer at Teagasc Food Research Centre in Moorepark: ‘I figured if we are asking people to volunteer for this, I should do it too’

Research lives: Dr André Brodkorb, Principal Research Officer at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork

Prof Tony Robinson does one last inspection of experimental test rig before installing on the parabolic flight aircraft

Research Lives: Dr Tony Robinson, Associate Professor in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity College Dublin and a (...)

Dr Sandra Austin: “It’s really important to tie what the children see outdoors into material in the classroom”

Dr Sandra Austin, lecturer in social, environmental and scientific education at the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin

As well as leaving you feeling  under the weather, poor slumber is also linked to an increased risk of chronic conditions including heart disease and diabetes

Some companies are now monitoring breathing patterns and blood oxygen

La Daana Kanhai: Environmental pollution captured my attention during my early university years

La Daana Kanhai on the Doctoral Programme in Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation

Ellen Byrne, co-founder and creative director of the Festival of Curiosity: “We want to see grandparents and grandchildren learning and working on things together”

A fash-tech mash-up, a Lego party for grown-ups and a night at the Dead Zoo – this four-day festival in Dublin is a headspinning c(...)

Prof Jens Ducrée, founding director of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded Bioanalytical Systems at DCU. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Prof Jens Ducrée of DCU hopes the discs can be used to detect many conditions early on

Lightron the Robot with CoderDojo participants at a CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards at the RDS, Dublin.  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Access Science: This year’s Coolest Projects event promises plenty of fun and discovery

Prof Wenxin Wang: “The next step is to do a clinical trial in humans, and we are moving towards that” .

Prof Wenxin Wang of University College Dublin

Dr Jessamyn Fairfield of NUI Galway on the lighter side of science

Andrew Bowie, professor in immunology, Trinity College Dublin: “We put a virus or parts of a virus into cells in the lab as ‘bait’ and we see what happens”

Research Lives: Prof Andrew Bowie, School of Biochemistry and Immunology, TCD

The latest Toyota Prius: Magnets drive electrical motors that power everything from kitchen blenders to lawnmowers to hybrid electric cars.

New magnetic materials are emerging thanks in part to Trinity College scientists

Helixworks working on commercially viable system to store digital information in DNA

The statue of Theodore Roosevelt at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.

New York has a number of science centres offering dinosaurs, space and maths for all

‘We must not stand by as American scientists are silenced.’ Photograph: Erik McGregor/Getty Images

‘We have to act now to push back the darkness that looms’

Scoil Íde in Corbally, Co Limerick, undertook a project that looked at whether having an upcoming event, such as a triathlon, leads to increased participation in fitness activities and increased fitness levels. Photograph: iStock

‘It’s to challenge primary school students to create or simulate randomised controlled trials’

Prof Abhay Pandit says seeing his grandfather in India  confined to bed and developing bedsores sparked his interest in the area.  Photograph: Andrew Downes/ xposure

Professor Abhay Pandit is researching improvements in wound management

Prof Dervilla Donnelly: “I couldn’t believe it [news of the award], but it slowly sunk in and I am so honoured.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Prof Dervilla Donnelly to be awarded medal for outstanding contributions to scholarship

Ad Infinitum: these cuffs parasitically attach electrodes on to humans and stimulate their muscles as to force them to crank. Photograph: Pedro Lopes

The “Humans Need Not Apply” exhibition, which looks at machine learning, opens this week in Science Gallery Dublin

Dr Turlough Downes. Photograph: David Sleator

Prof Turlough Downes, astrophysicist and associate professor in the school of mathematical sciences at Dublin City University

Prof Jennifer McElwain  (right) and Dr Claire Belcher, with plants in a carbon dioxide atmosphere chamber, as part of the programme for experimental atmosphere and climate, at UCD Thornfield.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Research Lives: Prof Jennifer McElwain, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science

Margaret McCaul: “We are also looking to use monitoring sensors in the Mediterranean Sea and in environments a bit closer to home in Kinvara and in Dublin Bay.”

Margaret McCaul is a researcher in DCU whose work often takes her out to sea

Niamh Kavanagh: “We want [the internet] to work efficiently so we can keep watching those cat videos without interruption!”

Niamh Kavanagh, a second-year PhD student at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, and the Irish Photonics Integrat(...)

Buzz Aldrin on the moon in 1969. Photograph: Nasa/Liaison

Curl up with a good book or three this Christmas

Mary Mulvihill: “She made a very distinctive contribution in the awakening of interest in, and awareness of, scientific heritage.” Photograph: Brian Dolan

Calling aspiring science journalists, studying at third level, interested in role of women

Niamh Shaw performing her show To Space in Edinburgh in 2015. Photograph: Conor Burnell

Events around the country from November 13th will celebrate the science of the everyday

Dr Crystal Johnson and Dr Elaine Patterson of APC Microbiome Institute in Cork

Dr Crystal Johnson, post-doctoral fellow, Teagasc and APC Microbiome Institute, Cork

PhD student Nina Wemken and Dr Marie Coggins with an air sampler

NUI Galway study seeks to establish pathways through which people are exposed

Prof Luke O’Neill: “I won’t be quitting the immune system any time soon.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Prof Luke O’Neill has been made a fellow of the Royal Society for his innovative work on the human immune system

 Brian Cox and Robin Ince present The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4. Photograph: Richard Ansett/BBC

Listening to documentaries is an entertaining way to learn about a new subject

Dr Mary Rose Sweeney: “Some countries have mandatory addition of synthetic folic acid to staple foods.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

Research Lives: Dr Mary Rose Sweeney, senior lecturer and associate dean for research in the faculty of science & health at Dublin(...)

Prof Kevin McGugan: “I can’t think of anything I would rather do than this research”

Research Lives: Even Irish sunlight can be used to kill bacteria in water in glass or plastic bottles, says Prof Kevin McGuigan

Dr Norma Bargary

Dr Norma Bargary of the University of Limerick on the difference between good and bad statistics

Prof Laoise McNamara: “Osteoporosis is a huge healthcare challenge, and that’s a big motivation to keep going with the research.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Research Lives: Prof Laoise McNamara, professor of biomedical engineering at NUI Galway, explains her work on bones

An augmented reality dinosaur in Belfast

Are the kids getting bored? Here’s a handful of ways to keep their minds nourished

Colouring robots at last year’s Festival of Curiosity

The Dublin festival, now in its fourth year, has something for all ages

Prof JC Desplat: “Supercomputers are really only the tip of the iceberg for high-performance computing”

Prof JC Desplat, director ofthe Irish Centre for High-End Computing, on the practical applications of his work

11-year-old  Katie Reilly,  from Kimmage, Dublin,  with her Lego Mindstorms robot that solves  Rubik’s Cubes at CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects Awards  at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph:  Conor McCabe/MediaConsult

Rubik’s Cube-solving robot among 700 projects on display at Coolest Projects Awards

It is recommended to anyone in midlife that they avoid a sedentary lifestyle and exercise three times a week. Photograph: iStock

A study seeks volunteers over 50 with mild memory problems to search for possible links between exercise and dementia prevention

“I also feel enormously privileged that I get to look at things we could not have seen or understood in the same way 50 years ago”

Dr Niall Smith of Cork Institute of Technology and Blackrock Castle Observatory talks about his career – and love of ELO

Algal bloom off Ireland: it might look beautiful in satellite images, but its effects are anything but

For the competition Tell it Straight, researchers must explain their work simply and quickly

Jules McDermott and Leon McDowell at the launch of the first Bubble Day fundraiser

Irish start-up helps asthma and allergy sufferers identify triggers in environment

“The competition is a way in which we want to teach young children about the importance of clinical research, and get them to understand what a clinical trial is and the processes that are involved.”

Students offer ideas for a contest for primary schools run by HRB-TMRN

Who are you calling common? Above, the viviparous lizard. Photograph: Kieran Flood

Access Science: A nationwide survey will draw together information on common lizards and slow worms

Two of the 50 or so makers showing their creations at Dublin Maker last year were just nine years old, including Ciara Whelan, above, who made a smart dollhouse

The Dublin event exhibits everything from smart dollhouses to 3D-printed prosthetic limbs

Researchers collect plant material containing endophytes

Relationships with microbes from the soil help plants to survive stresses in their environment and thrive

It is hoped that the online approach will make it easier for people to be honest about what they eat. Photograph: Thinkstock

Access Science: FoodBook24 is testing a tool that will track eating habits, which should fuel deeper nutritional research

Some urban bird species are in decline, most notably the swift, which migrates and typically returns to the same site over and over. Photograph: Artur Tabor

Access Science: Birdwatch Ireland wants the public to keep eyes peeled for various species to help inform conservation work

Dan Kastner started his detective work on the immune system when he encountered a patient  who had familial Mediterranean fever, a rare inherited immune disorder.

Dan Kastner has been finding clues about ‘danger signals’ that ramp up inflammation

Fresh eyes can offer new perspectives and innovations

New approach can lead to fresh perspectives and innovations in model based on Stanford programme

Keep on clucking in the free world: Second Livestock by Austin Stewart, a “really far-out project” that explores how chickens might plug into virtual reality to make them feel as if they are free range

From cow sensors to lab burgers, it’s all on the menu at a Science Gallery exhibition

Sleuthing at a CSI event at last year’s NI Science Festival

This year’s NI Science Festival focuses on how science affects everyday lives

A Minecraft rendering of the GPO in Dublin

MindRising 2016 wants young people to develop digital stories about Ireland’s past and future

‘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

Gene-editing advances may lead to increased understanding of brains and guts

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

Climate change will raise many new health issues globally, so what can we do to prepare?

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

It’s shaping up to be an exciting year for space exploration

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

Testicular cancer, tremor gloves and sleep patterns under the spotlight

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

In July, a visual feast poured back from a Nasa probe’s fly-by of Pluto

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

The Ig Nobel Prizes are home to some unique studies, from the power of a pash to how long it takes various species to pee

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

Campylobacter is the bacterium that causes the most food poisoning in Ireland – and it loves turkey and other poultry

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

Stocking fillers for science lovers

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

Global biopharma giant AbbVie is backing two new multimillion projects here

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

Interview: William C Campbell’s work to fight disease using parasites won him the Nobel Prize, making him just the second Irish ma(...)

Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe with her husband. Photograph by permission of  the director of National Botanic Gardens

Trailblazers are to be remembered in a public talk

An image from Science Hack Day 2014 in the Innovation Academy at UCD

‘People make things from scratch, they start with nothing and end up with something new and fun’

Much of the information for big data logging your way through the day comes from sensors, from cameras and smartphones and, of course, from the internet

Big data may have answers to everything from avoiding traffic to reducing hospital waiting lists

Dr Cathal Gurrin: “Many years ago, nobody was that interested in what I was doing.”

DCU expert has taken more than 16 million images of the things, places and people he sees during his everyday activities

Antonia Schultze, Jim Moloney and Cathal Mariga of Midleton College, Cork, at the launch of MakerDojo. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Sessions at Tyndall National Institute in Cork enable participants to roll up their sleeves and learn by making

The Spire on O’Connell Street in Dublin can physically change depending on the weather. Photograph: Getty Images

City of Physics aims to get us thinking about the physics of what goes on around us

If the signalling process in your brain goes awry, for whatever reason, it can lead to problems, including brain disorders or diseases. Image: Getty

Going back to basics to learn about how the brain works could help guide better treatments for diseases

Art by Rob Doyle on a traffic light box in Cabra, inspired by a game Hamilton invented

Plus: Cast your vote to tackle a major European problem

Atlas of Mammals in Ireland project is mapping where wild mammals are – and it wants your help

A French cod-fishing boat handling a large trawl. Photograph: Marcel Mochet/AFP/Getty Images

A Trinity project is examining how cod fisheries shaped human diets and practices in centuries past, and what this tells us about (...)

Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, an organiser of Bright Club Dublin and improv performer

Plus: artistic surprises at the National Botanic Gardens

The Cravings exhibition experiment about how combinations of sensory cues affect flavour perception. Photograph: copyright Science Museum, London

‘Cravings’ exhibition at London Science Museum explores what happens in our brains and guts when we indulge in tasty fare

Mary Njenga processing samples at the OpenBiome stool bank in the  US.

Introducing someone else’s microbes could help with recurring bowel infections

Growing their Stem businesses: Mary Carty (third from right) with some of the participants in Outbox Incubator

Outbox Incubator in London provides support for talented young entrepreneurs, some of whom are Irish

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

Hackathons, a popular ‘sport’ for innovators, are a fun way of coming up with new ideas

An event at last year’s Festival of Curiosity

The four-day, family-friendly festival has something for everyone

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 helps people to find ways to contribute to space research. No formal training is required

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

Some 500 projects will go on display in the RDS on June 13th

Photograph: Thinkstock

‘The symptoms of chronic itch can be more bothersome than the underlying disease,’ says one researcher who is working on ways to b(...)

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

Investigator-led clinical trials in Ireland are seeking to meet the medical needs of tiny babies

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