A new study  found  that novice exercisers start to experience less desire for fattening foods, a change that could have long-term implications for weight control. Photograph: iStock

Taking up exercise could alter our feelings about food in surprising and beneficial ways, according to a compelling new study of exercise and eating. (...)

Washing clothes at 20 degrees rather than 40 degrees saves approximately 66% of the energy used per load. Photograph: iStock

Washing clothes in colder water for less time is less damaging for the planet than using hotter, longer washes, according to academic research publish(...)

John Boyne: ‘All I ever wanted was that kids would be moved enough by the story that they would develop the same interest in this period of history as I had.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Last week, the author John Boyne pointed out what he saw as a troubling trend in publishing. “I can’t help but feel that by constantly using the same (...)

Engineer Martin Kearns insists Cape Town is a great place to live, despite its bad reputation. Photograph: Barbara McCarthy

When Tuam-born Martin Kearns left school in 1987, many young Irish people were emigrating, but he decided to stay in Ireland to do an apprenticeship w(...)

Vikki Barry Brown: ‘I felt distanced from Britain and thought an Irish passport might make me feel more like I belonged in Ireland.’

Like many second-generation Irish people living in Britain, I applied for an Irish passport following the UK’s referendum decision to leave the Europe(...)

Prof Helen Whelton believes Ireland’s hospitals need to be scaled up. File photograph: Alan Betson

Prof Helen Whelton believes in the power of research to improve people’s lives and boost the economy. So much so, in fact, that she argues research in(...)

 Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh: “What defines a university is the quality of its students, the quality of its staff and the quality of the student experience. Some rankings measure those and some don’t.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is looking to make his mark. The 13th president of NUI Galway (National University of Ireland, Galway) has a legacy to leave in th(...)

Japanese knotweed. “The plant poses less of a risk to buildings and other structures than many woody species, particularly trees.” Photograph: Getty Images

An Irish ecologist has completed research which suggests that the threat posed by Japanese knotweed is vastly overstated, and he claims it does no mor(...)

Wastewater treatment by aeration. In a new study six wastewater treatment plants in northern England were linked to a rise  in microplastics in the rivers – on average up to three times higher but in one instance by a factor of 69

Microplastics in rivers have been found in much higher concentrations downstream from wastewater treatment plants, researchers have found. In one of(...)

 Ice floats near the coast of Antarctica. Photograph: Nasa

The Antarctic ice sheet lost about 3 trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2017, according to satellite analysis, with recent losses causing global (...)

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