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George Salmon: In 1833, aged just 14 years, he entered Trinity College, where he was to spend his entire career.

As you pass through the main entrance of Trinity College, the iconic Campanile stands before you, flanked, in pleasing symmetry, by two statues. On th(...)

Confusion over trying to guess where Brexit is likely to dump us all serves to undermine the UK’s ability to attract talent. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A no-deal Brexit looks set to undermine the UK’s position as a world leader in international research and is already starting to cause damage accordin(...)

 Dr Eimear Dolan: looking to the next stage of the research

Irish researchers have made a breakthrough in robotics that could lead to better outcomes and treatments for patients requiring implanted devices – su(...)

Dr Lynette Keeney, staff researcher, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork

Lynette, you work in materials science. Can you explain what that field is? “Materials science is about looking at physical materials, and that includ(...)

The results of experiments performed during the solar eclipse in May 1919 transformed Albert Einstein overnight into an iconic figure of science. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

This week, one of the most famous experiments of 20th century science will be celebrated at an international conference in Paris. On May 29th, 1919, t(...)

Homemade avocado smash toast topped with lemon and chili flakes.

No more avocado toast or banana smoothies, and forget about shaving fresh Parmesan on your pasta. Instead, get used to milk at every meal, bread for d(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

On a tour of Ireland, one might easily ask: where are the women? There are statues to a few (we counted just five), a smattering of commemorative plaq(...)

John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown’s transatlantic aircraft crossed the Atlantic between St John’s, Newfoundland and Clifden, Ireland on June 15th, 1919. (Photograph: SSPL/Getty Images

It is probably easier to look back and weigh the importance of a particular scientific achievement of the past than to predict how science will influe(...)

An illustration of Prof James Moriarty in Conan Doyle’s work bears a striking resemblance to a photograph of Prof George Boole (left) and may well have been based on it.

A fascinating parallel between a brilliant mathematician and an arch-villain of crime fiction is drawn in a forthcoming book – New Light on George Boo(...)

Galileo has long held a central place in the history of “the conflict” between science and religion.

Rarely does the historian of science have anything to write about that could legitimately be considered “news”. Even more rare is the “discovery” of a(...)

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