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. (...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi, AMBER, SFI Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin, receiving the SFI Early Career Researcher Award for outstanding early career research talent in Ireland.

Founded 10 years ago, the European Research Council (ERC) is widely considered to be the most prestigious scientific research funding programme in Eur(...)

People have a natural tendency to judge their self-worth against external measurements. Illustration: Hong Li/Getty Creative

We all want respect, but can you desire too much of a good thing? In some social settings, being “disrespected” is considered a kind of personal assau(...)

“The truth is industrial and reformatory schools, Magdalene laundries, orphanages, special needs schools, and mother and baby homes are all interlinked and were the State’s response to welfare in Ireland for most of the 20th century.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On hearing the reports in the media about the discovery of a mass grave at the site of the once mother and baby home in Tuam, it nearly feels as thoug(...)

We spoke to three careers experts about the most frequently asked questions they face and the most common scenarios facing their clients. Photograph: IADT Dún Laoghaire

Picking a postgraduate course can be a big ordeal. When students sit down to choose their undergraduate course, there is always the fallback of choosi(...)

Prof Mark Ferguson, director-general of Science Foundation Ireland, said Brexit offers great opportunities for Ireland to attract leading UK scientists. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland’s research community is preparing for changes that will come once Brexit arrives. There are overt efforts to coax leading UK scientists to s(...)

Dr Turlough Downes. Photograph: David Sleator

You are interested in how stars form – how do you look at that? “Stars form within really massive clouds of dust and plasma (a type of ionised gas) i(...)

Central to the work, which involved  Trinity College Dublin, St James’s Hospital, the Coombe hospital and the University of Hull, was the isolation and study of cancer stem cells. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish-led researchers have found a way to make it potentially easier to kill off tumour cells and make radiotherapy more effective for people with oes(...)

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