Last week’s solar eclipse brought to mind once again the formidable predictive power of science. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
A question of trust in science

Last week’s solar eclipse generated unprecedented public interest in the skies above us. One reason was that the path of the eclipse fell across a lar(...)

Stroke patients Helen Cassells, Edward Blake and PJ Wymbs. They have all  benefited from the new mirror therapy. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

A team of researchers at IT Sligo is using mirror therapy to help stroke patients improve the strength and mobility of affected limbs, and the researc(...)

NUI Galway (above) had the lowest proportion of women at professor grade (12 per cent), while University of Limerick had the highest (31 per cent)

Women are hugely under-represented in the senior ranks of most of the State’s colleges and universities, new figures show. While just over half of al(...)

Jane Ohlmeyer: “Mediocre men are outperforming outstanding women because of the nature of the system.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jane Ohlmeyer, a senior academic at Trinity College Dublin, is hugely conscious of the acute lack of women in senior roles across the university secto(...)

New figures released by the Higher Education Authority show that while about 50%  of lecturers in Irish universities are women, only 21%  of professors are women. Photograph: Getty Images

Third-level institutions face funding cuts if they fail to introduce mandatory gender quotas to increase the number of women in senior positions over (...)

This orange blob shows the Betelgeuse star which has a radius about  1,400 times larger than the sun’s

An international team of scientists led by an Irish astronomer has made the most detailed image of the surface of a star other than the sun. The achie(...)

 Dr Eucharia Meehan: the  director of the Irish Research Council  has been appointed registrar and chief executive of Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), an internationally-renowned institute for basic research and scholarship, has appointed Dr Eucharia Meeh(...)

The US military test fires an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile  at Vandenberg Air Force Base,  California.  Photograph: Ringo Chiu/AFP/Getty

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) continues to be five steps ahead of the competition globally. Driving innovation in numerous t(...)

Even our pets are driven by incentivisation. It is all part of pack dynamics. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It is amazing how quickly you can get something done if you provide a bit of incentive to encourage things along. A lot of companies dangle a wad of c(...)

Sean McKillen of the University of Limerick: There tends to be a lack of transparency over what student teachers are entitled to, such as money for corrections or what work they’re required to do in return for fee or partial fee waivers. Photograph: Brian Gavin Press 22

Academia was once among the most respectable and secure careers. In recent years, however, it has become one of the most precarious places to work. (...)

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