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‘As a society, we say it all the time – the doctors and nurses and paramedics were all fantastic. There just weren’t enough of them’ Stock photograph: iStock

As most parents know, the one way to bring about a miraculous recovery in a sick toddler is to bring them to hospital. Within seconds of arriving in (...)

GM potatoes tolerant to the late blight fungus might  be useful for Irish agriculture. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

In July 2018, the Government announced the prohibition/restriction of the commercial cultivation of genetically modified crops (GMO) in Ireland. Then (...)

IFA president Joe Healy, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at the Irish Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin 12. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Ireland will seek emergency EU aid for the agricultural sector in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. In an address to th(...)

Hundreds of Trinity students have  objected to pressure of ‘impossible’ exam changes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of students at Trinity College Dublin say its new system of Christmas exams and continual assessment is putting students under huge pressure (...)

Alice: The Musical – a big, blousy performance that hints at Theresa in Brexitland

ALICE: THE MUSICAL ★★★★☆ Lyric Theatre, Belfast Many a time and oft, the unravelling craziness of Brexit has been described as closely resembling Ali(...)

In the US, nearly half of people who voted for Donald Trump believe that climate change is a hoax.

The truth is probably not out there. A long-term study conducted across nine western countries has found that a majority of people believe at least (...)

   Researchers at Cork’s INFANT  centre in have developed an algorithm that helps detect seizures in newborns, interpreting EEG readings at the same level as a human expert. Photograph: Getty Images

For many people living with autism, social interactions can be like being in a country where you don’t speak the language. What neurotypical people ta(...)

Schools require children to be actively engaged, and they remain, thankfully, driven by human interaction.  Photograph: iStock

Am I the only one more startled at the sight of a toddler playing on a smartphone entirely unaided than of a woman breastfeeding in public? I’ve only(...)

Katia and Nadia Narain say self-care should be an everyday activity

I feel slightly bad about this, but when a wellness guru to the stars – one dubbed “Marie Kondo for the soul” – tells me that she spent an evening las(...)

Power for the people: Classic Marvel Comics titles from the 1960s and 1970s. Screengrab via Pinterest

One day, Stan Lee looked out of his window and had an idea. “I want ensure that the nephews of the future are a bit violent, particularly Patrick’s n(...)

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