’Mucky Jack’ is released back into the wilds of Co Wicklow, part of a study that shows some male badgers are ‘”super-rangers” and may help spread  bovine tuberculosis.

Irish scientists have observed a pattern of “super-ranging” behaviour in badgers who venture far beyond their normal territories, which may be contrib(...)

Resolution fulfilled: A 3-D image of the hole in the ozone layer high above Antarctica. Collective human effort through the banning of chlorofluorocarbons helped fill in the hole. Image: Nasa

So come on, who out there has made new year resolutions for self-improvement? Going to the gym, eating more veg, drinking less, less stress at work? S(...)

A large boulder deposited at Annagh Head in Co Mayo.

Spectacular boulder deposits on the Co Mayo coast and parts of the western seaboard were caused by ferocious Atlantic storms - and not an unknown tsun(...)

A mobile green haven in London

How 21st-century cities can support and benefit from nature is the focus of a new €12 million pan-European research project, which is co-ordinated by (...)

Science can make for a fascinating career in research, but for others a degree in science opens lots of doors in pursuing other careers

I’m often asked by science students for career advice. But really, is this a good idea? After all, here’s a woman who went to university when she was (...)

A Greenpeace supporter wearing protective clothing protests against bee-killer pesticides in front of the building of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture in Budapest on July 11th. Photograph:  Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Everybody loves a bargain. It’s true. We want that buzz of “value” – the lowest price, the buy-one-get-one-free, the 50 per cent off discount – that m(...)

Workers bees and a queen bee (with a yellow spot on her back), from a hive at the Louth Bee Keepers’  demonstration in Castleknock. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
To bee, or not to bee?

“Are you off now for the summer?” As a university professor, I get asked this question a lot at this time of year. People are often surprised when I t(...)

Everyone knows Tyrannosaurus Rex was a super predator, but did that beast also snack on carcasses left behind by other predators? File photograph: Getty Images

Vultures and hyenas have provided the inspiration for a study that helps establish who got to eat what during the age of the dinosaurs. Some were mi(...)

Jesko Zimmermann, a research fellow in botany in Trinity College Dublin’s School of Natural Sciences, said lands used for crops cause the release of more carbon sources than grasslands, which sequester carbon.  File photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Land use research has shown Ireland may be underestimating agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. The finding may require a change in the way data i(...)

Tommy Furey of the Marine Institute onboard the Celtic Explorer with maps of mountains in the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland is leading the world in deep-sea mapping. Photograph: Andrew Downes/XPOSURE

The Earth’s oceans cover about 70 per cent of the surface of the planet. Human beings have explored only 10 per cent. The deepest oceans are largel(...)

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