Alison O’Shea, researcher at the SFI Research Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) works on seizure detection in the EEG signals of newborns. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Seizures in newborn babies are one of the most common indicators of a serious neurological condition, but are very difficult for medical teams to dete(...)

Lead author Edmund Gilbert of the RCSI says the research shows Ireland acts as a sink of Celtic ancestry, with its genetically closest continental European population lying in the Breton region in northwestern France. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The next time a Cork man tells you he’s from the People’s Republic, or a Kerryman declares that he is from the Kingdom and is, therefore, special, pay(...)

Dr Rachel McLoughlin at the research bench in TCD. Photograph: Jason Clarke

You look at how the body reacts to a very common bacterium. Can you explain why? I’m interested in a bacterium called Staphylococcus (“Staph”) aureus(...)

No one wanted to see mug shots of the political hopefuls competing for space on the street lights and telephone poles with the Christmas decorations

The Irish love a good political row, and better still a general election. And the machinery and personnel needed to launch the parties into a politica(...)

For centuries, citizens have been actively contributing to advancing scientific knowledge in some way. Photograph: iStock

In 2015, more than three thousand students buried tea bags in the Swedish countryside. By measuring how the weight of the tea bags changed after they (...)

‘The Irish Times’ has supported citizen science projects in recent years, including a successful national survey in 2015 to learn more about the genetics of cats. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Citizen science comes with the potential to bring a wide variety of benefits to researchers; citizens, policy makers and society in research and innov(...)

There has been a “very deliberate policy on the part of the State of increasing the number of people with doctoral education”, says the Higher Education Authority. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of people in Ireland with doctorates has doubled in the past 10 years, in line with State policy to improve the country’s research credenti(...)

Women are still vastly under-represented in science and technology-based careers. Photograph: iStock
Ireland is picking up STEAM

The IDA ran a wonderful advertising campaign in the 1980s called “The Young Europeans”. It featured a photograph of UCD engineering graduates, and ran(...)

Neuroscientists at NUI Galway have claimed to have made a breakthrough in regenerative medicine approaches to Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a c(...)

Between 1845 and 1917, the Leviathan was the largest telescope in the world

Walking through the grounds of Birr Castle en route to Ireland’s newest and largest telescope, ILofar, is an unusual experience. After passing through(...)

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