‘Bats use their senses in intriguing ways,’ says  Emma Teeling. ‘They echolocate and contrary to popular belief they are far from blind; in fact, some have really good vision’.

Emma, you work on bats, creatures that many people would run from. Why do you like them? “I think people would like bats a lot more if they saw them (...)

A modern day zebu, an arid-adapted breed which emerged in greater numbers 4,000 years ago as a suspected result of a  dramatic drought, or ‘4.2 kiloyear climate event’. Photograph: Denis Doukhan/Pixabay

A study of ancient DNA from now extinct cattle breeds has revealed new evidence explaining the demise of the world’s first empires, and the part that (...)

Science Foundation Ireland  director general Prof Mark Ferguson has been appointed chair of the new European Innovation Council advisory board. Photography: Jason Clarke Photography

In a sign of Ireland’s increased standing in European research and innovation, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) director general Prof Mark Ferguson ha(...)

The longest-lived species of bats, known as Myotis, pictured in Brittany. Photograph: Olivier Farcy/Bretagne Vivante

Scientists have identified genes that may give long-lived bat species their extraordinary lifespans and ability to resist cancer compared to other ani(...)

 Astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell with the five scientists (Niamh Kavanagh, Christopher Broderick, Sarah Guerin, Adam Kelly and Vijaykumar V Jadhav) chosen to represent Ireland in Germany at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Five young scientists, who are leading researchers on cosmology, particle physics and quantum technology, have been chosen by the Irish Research Counc(...)

Projects from the life and physical sciences, humanities and social sciences were awarded funding. Photograph: Getty Images

Ground-breaking basic research in the Republic is to benefit from €12 million in State funding with 12 leading researchers each benefiting from €1 mil(...)

Food Justice Truck for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Melbourne

More than half the world’s population currently lives in cities and it is there where most food is wasted – in supermarkets, restaurants, office cante(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi with a microscope that can examine objects a million times smaller than a human hair. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Battery low and yet miles to go. It’s a pain for consumers and a challenge for manufacturers: how do you make a battery that can store more charge an(...)

Sir David Cannadine told  an event at NovaUCD, that it was  not clear what the future position for Britain regarding the significant funding its academics currently obtain from the European Research Council.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Europe has become Britain’s intractable “Irish issue” of the 21st century, mirroring aspects of 19th century Anglo-Irish relations, a leading academic(...)

“Gifted, adventurous people are attracted to discovery and they seek the training that comes with fundamental research.” Photograph: Rafe Swan/Cultura/Getty

‘Innovate or die,” said Peter Drucker, adapting Darwin’s maxim “Adapt or die”. It has become the rallying cry of the 21st century. When every country (...)

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