Prof Lokesh Joshi: ‘I see living organisms, including our bodies, as incredible sensor systems.’

Lokesh, your research looks at the science of sugars in nature, can you explain? I’m interested in carbohydrates. By that I don’t mean the sugars we (...)

Face masks for sale at  a pharmacy in  Dublin. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

A Galway-based campus company has developed a new kind of cleaning wipe which it says could have an “enormous impact” in arresting the spread of coron(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron told the Economist that “we are currently experiencing . . . the brain death of Nato” and Europe “must regain military sovereignty”. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

The mostly ageing audience of academics, defence officials and parliamentarians were not the sort of people one associates with exuberance. But the mo(...)

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe: ‘I do not believe there will ever be a European army.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A Fine Gael former minister for defence has accused the Government of attempting to “join the big boys” on European defence projects in a “creepy craw(...)

 Vice Admiral Mark Mellett: nominated by the Government for election to the highest military body in the EU. Photograph: Alan Betson

Vice Admiral Mark Mellett will stand down as chief of staff of the Defence Forces if he is appointed chairman of the EU Military Committee (EUMC) the (...)

A US stealth bomber approaches for mid-air refuelling: stealth aircraft are one of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s biggest success stories. Photograph: Reuters/Hyungwon Kang

The US government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is involved in many different areas because the creation and prevention of strat(...)

Professor Lokesh Joshi of NUI Galway

The EU military is trying to develop ways to protect soldiers against biological warfare and it has turned to an Irish company to help develop a defen(...)

Irish troops on patrol with Kfor, the peace enforcing mission in Kosovo. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Off the coast of Somalia, men and women from across Europe are proving the old adage that no news can be good news. Stories of piracy used to make fro(...)