‘We are also taking a chance and thus are open to the possibility of betrayal. There is a leap of faith in trust.’

The use of social media to access knowledge has contributed to a lack of trust in experts, according to a Dublin-based astrophysicist and philosopher (...)

Back pain is the most costly and disabling health condition in the world, with costs exceeding that of cancer and diabetes combined. Photograph: iStock

Personalising treatment for back pain, such as by addressing sleep and stress issues, can greatly improve outcomes and reduce disablement, according t(...)

Trinity College Dublin tumbled more than 40 places to 164th place in the latest set of world university rankings. Photograph: iStock

Just one of more than 400 recently announced European research grants has been awarded to Ireland prompting calls for an overhaul in how the Governmen(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has previously said that short school days should not be used for ‘behaviour management’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Schools are acting illegally by placing vulnerable children with learning disabilities or behavioural problems on reduced timetables, according to new(...)

Peter Brown: “Combined with ongoing investment in industry-academia collaborations, Ireland has developed a very strong comparative performance in innovation, as evidenced by our high ranking in the European innovation scorecard.” Photograph: Jason Clarke

On the Irish Research Council’s homepage it says: “Our mission is to enable and sustain a vibrant research community in Ireland by supporting excellen(...)

Often, academic research unintentionally leads to a viable business. Photograph: iStock

Research and development is the pathway for businesses to expand and grow, but it can be an expensive and difficult process, with no guarantee of succ(...)

‘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 (...)

Xinxin Xiao: ‘Health is an eternal theme of mankind’

Congratulations on winning the Royal Irish Academy’s Kathleen Lonsdale Chemistry Prize for your PhD – what was that project about? Thank you. My PhD (...)

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(...)

Laura Katharine Finnegan, a PhD student in Trinity College: winner of overall award commemorating the science journalist and author Mary Mulvihill who died in 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A story for young people about famous Irish scientists, complete with superb portraits, has won the Mary Mulvihill Award for 2019 – the science media (...)

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