Marina Ratner proved her most influential theorem after she turned 50

Marina Ratner, an influential mathematician and Russian-Jewish émigré who defied the notion that the best and the brightest in her field do their fine(...)

A window  was broken at the Masjid Maryam on the Old Monivea Road in Ballybrit, Co Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Saying that the internet and social media are to blame for the radicalisation of some Muslims around the world is “a cop-out”, two leading US academic(...)

As well as keeping our brains active, learning a new language is an ideal opportunity for making new friends, having new experiences with others and reaching a goal.

Most people in this part of the world have a smattering of French or Spanish which comes in useful when ordering dinner on holiday, but because much o(...)

Coral: its porous structure closely resembles that of bone

Connemara-based medical devices start-up, Zoan BioMed, is using Irish grown tropical marine coral to make a splash in the international world of ortho(...)

The female orgasm “seems to be rather purposeless – except for the enjoyment, obviously”, says one scientist.  Illustration: iStock

Female orgasm has perplexed scientists, fuelled an equality movement and propelled Meg Ryan to fame. Now researchers say they might have found its evo(...)

St Paul Island, Alaska  supported a large group of the animals for thousands of years after they went extinct in Asia and North America. File image: PA Wire

Climate change drove one of the last surviving woolly mammoth populations to extinction less than 6,000 years ago, meaning the animals may have been a(...)

Swaddling infants may increase their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (Sids) during sleep, an analysis of previous research suggests. Photograph: iStock

Swaddling infants may increase their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (Sids) during sleep, an analysis of previous research suggests. Overall, ba(...)

JK Rowling founded Lumos after reading about children being kept in caged beds. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

An international charity founded by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is teaming up with NUI Galway on a project aimed at ending institutionalised care(...)

The Westin is among a number of propeties acquired by Liberty Global chairman John Malone

Billionaire Irish American businessman John Malone, who owns a number of prestigous properties in Ireland, didn’t just reduce his company’s tax bill w(...)

A “man in the moon” gazes down on Earth but there is no matching face on the dark far side of the moon. And scientists now believe they know the reaso(...)