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There is an array of amazing sights to observe in the night sky at the moment. File photograph: Joseph Eid /AFP/Getty

The coronavirus lockdown has confined many of us to our homes and, if we are lucky, to our back gardens. While human nighttime activity has been seve(...)

Keeping your windows shut all day will allow chemicals and allergens to build up inside. Photograph: iStock

1. Open your windows It is an obvious solution, but it works. “Fresh air isn’t the enemy. Open your windows,” says Dr Appelles Econs, an allergy spec(...)

The Irish tricolour floats in a window of the Cupola observatory from where astronauts can observe the Earth.

We will live in a virtual world for the foreseeable future, so there was nothing for it only to have virtual St Patrick’s Day parades. Families and (...)

Cora McCauley, a mother of four in Co Galway, has been home-schooling two of her children for the past six years. “Ask then what do they want to get out of the experience. Don’t try to replicate school at home,” she says.

With schools across the State shut for weeks, many parents are finding themselves plunged into trying to home-school their children. Ideally, teacher(...)

Underworld, a painting exploring the sun by Siobhan McDonald

In weeks prior to his death, JMW Turner is said to have declared to the artist John Ruskin, “the sun is God”. What he meant by this no one really know(...)

Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland, at the launch of Steps Engineers Week with Loanna Veeramalay (6) and ambassador Fionnghuala O’Reilly. Photograph: Julien Behal

Artificial intelligence, digital manufacturing and the green economy are among the areas that will contribute to a surge in engineering employment in (...)

Medically inclined mathematicians are few and far between. Of those that are around, however, quite a few have been trying to crack the code on the Big C. Photograph: iStock

In 1961 American president John F Kennedy predicted the United States would send a man to the moon within a decade. Exactly 10 years after that, pres(...)

Graphic representation of the Solar Orbiter in flight. Two Irish companies, Enbio and Captec, between them won €3.1 million in industrial contracts for Orbiter

The sun makes life on Earth possible but, despite this life-sustaining role, scientists know surprisingly little about our nearest star. The €1.35 bil(...)

Tourists are seen taking pictures of Sydney Harbour in the rain on January 17th,  in Sydney. Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images

Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia’s east coast on Friday and brought relief to farmers battling years of drought(...)

Dominic Cummings: His new focus reflects the passions developed in his bunker: putting science at the heart of government and ensuring that the government machine delivers what the politicians promise. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

When Boris Johnson walked through the front door of Number 10 on July 26th, 2019, the British political system was in a state of Brexit-induced paraly(...)

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