First Minister Arlene Foster at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast on Monday night. Photograph:  PA

Northern Ireland is escalating its response to the coronavirus emergency in light of British prime minister Boris Johnson’s call for “drastic action” (...)

The UN report predicts record losses of polar sea ice.  Photograph: Chris Larsen/ NASA/AFP/Getty Images

Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are destabilising oceans, leading to more intense superstorms, increased deadly heatwaves and record loss(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson takes part in an activity with schoolchildren in London. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Boris Johnson went on a boat trip on Thursday to mark London International Shipping Week, promising to create thousands of jobs in shipbuilding and re(...)

The liver has  more than 500 functions and is the only organ  that can regenerate itself. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The liver is a wonderfully resilient and complex organ that nurtures and protects your body day in and day out. It helps neutralise and dispose of tox(...)

Ebikes offer more mobility to older and/or less physically-fit riders than that offered by traditional bikes

In 1881, French engineer Gustave Trouvé attached an electric motor to a British tricycle made by the Starley company of Coventry . . . and the electri(...)

An alcohol-free trip to Vegas was the longest four-day junket of my life. Photograph: iStock

Two days after I found out I was pregnant, I was sent on an all-expenses press trip to Las Vegas (I’m not even remotely ashamed at this humongous brag(...)

An undated portrait of German mathematician Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866). Riemann established the foundations of modern differential geometry and, in 1859, formulated the hypothesis that bears his name.  Photograph: Bettmann/Getty Images

A major mathematical result has been announced by British-Lebanese mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah. In a talk at the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum in(...)

Prof Emer Colleran: her fine character and intellectual rigour made her a special asset to the many community groups and activists she assisted and advised over the years. Photograph:  Aengus McMahon

Dr Emer Colleran Born: October 12th, 1945 Died: 30 June, 2018 Dr Emer Colleran was a leading microbiologist and one of the State’s foremost advocat(...)

The Irish Times was the first newspaper to publish information about how many students, from which school, go on to third-level. Photograph: iStock

They’re perhaps the most controversial feature of the Irish education landscape. Back in 2002, The Irish Times was the first newspaper to publish info(...)

Latest figures also show the depth of the social divide in Dublin, with pupils in schools in the most affluent areas up to five times more likely to go to third-level than those in the poorest areas.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Private schools dominate the top places in new league tables based on the proportion of students who progress to higher education. Fee-paying schools(...)

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