Hanwha Eagles players line up wearing face masks ahead of the opening game of South Korea’s new baseball season. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/Getty/AFP

This is a series of regular updates from Irish Times Environment & Science Editor Kevin O’Sullivan on scientific initiatives and developments on c(...)

St Louis federal reserve chair James Bullard has predicted the US unemployment rate may hit 30 per cent in the second quarter.

More than 22 million American have lost their jobs in the last four weeks as the coronavirus pandemic has swept across the US, according to government(...)

Mark Broderick of Model Heli Services, using a drone at Ballyquirke Lake, Moycullen, Co Galway for  marine and fresh water research. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times

Drones could be dispatched across hundreds of remote Irish lakes to carry out legally required water testing too problematic for humans, experts belie(...)

 Greg Schiano:  American football coach signed  an eight-year $32 million deal last weekend despite   Rutgers University’s athletics department  showing  a budget deficit of $192.2 million since 2012. Photograph:  Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Early last month, Rutgers University sat down with Greg Schiano to talk about returning as head grid-iron coach to the campus where he made his name n(...)

Considering the benefits of modern-day sanitation, vaccinations and healthcare, the likelihood of getting sick from our shoes is ‘infinitesimally small as to almost be unwarranted’. Photograph: iStock

Maybe you kick off your shoes at home because you don’t want to track dirt across clean carpets or floors, or maybe it’s just a relief to shed them. (...)

Darlene Coker is shown with her thoracic surgeon David Sugarbaker

Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her(...)

Text-based passwords are hard to remember and so people tend to favour easy to remember ones that are also insecure.
Science of better passwords

How many passwords do you have? If they’re difficult to hack then how hard are they to remember and how often do one or two slip your mind? A Rutgers (...)

Students who used smartphones or laptops in class for non-academic purposes had exam scores at least 5 per cent lower than the control group, a study has found. Photographer: Yuya Shino/Bloomberg

A study from Rutgers University in the United States shows that use of smartphones, tablets or laptops in class for non-academic purposes is linked to(...)

Dr Heather Lally of GMIT with a  drone

Unmanned aircraft or drones are to be used to test water quality in western lakes. Scientists at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) believe (...)

Harvey Weinstein: Did his impeccable liberal credentials make it harder for women to accuse him of repellent behaviour? Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Consent in sexual relations should be a minimum standard. It has become the maximum standard instead, and the end result is not pretty. For example, (...)

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