Original painting by Sophie McKay Knight, with imagery contributed by women scientists from the University of St Andrews – part of the Chrysalis project coordinated by Mhairi Stewart.

“Why are women bad at maths?” You might remember that corny joke that did the rounds donkeys of years ago. You might even remember its punchline. It t(...)

Sculptures representing the “fallen soldier” stand near Sydney Opera House. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

The most comprehensive study to date of wage theft and working conditions among international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants in Au(...)

Helen Waldron: “What they look upon as my skill is mercurial, the ability to walk into a room, engage and interact, and that’s absolutely based on being Irish and female.”

Sydney-based Helen Waldron got a surprise near the end of her time at Loreto College, Foxrock. “To my horror, at our last assembly, they called me up(...)

A mother (left) and her postpartum nanny in Beijing. Photograph: Adam Dean/The New York Times

For decades, China harshly restricted the number of babies that women could have. Now it is encouraging them to have more. It is not going well. Alm(...)

Scientists now believe a skull unearthed in 1929 belongs to the oldest-known human tsunami victim. File photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

A mysterious partial skull unearthed in Papua New Guinea in 1929 that once was thought to belong to an extinct human species turns out to have a diffe(...)

President Higgins is on a State visit to Australia. File photograph: The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has criticised “the politics of fear” behind the anti-immigrant policies that led to Brexit and the election of US preside(...)

Australian investigators inspecting a wing flap from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 found off the Tanzanian coast in June.  Photograph: EPA/Australian Transport Safety Bureau

A report into missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 indicates the aircraft descended rapidly after running out of fuel with no human intervention. F(...)

 Aubrey Lynch, an elder from the Wongatha Aboriginal language group, who participated in a study of a group of Aboriginal Australians which concluded that all humans from non-African populations are descended from a single wave of migrants who left Africa about 72,000 years ago. Photograph: Preben Hjort/Mayday Film/PA Wire

New DNA research from an international team of scientists shows the ancestors of Aboriginal Australians and Papua New Guineans diverged from Eurasian (...)

Nasa findings indicate the result “a true shocker” and yet another reminder of the incessant long-term rise in global temperature. Photograph: Getty Images

Global temperatures in February smashed previous monthly records by an unprecedented amount, according to Nasa data, sparking warnings of a climate em(...)

The murder of journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996  shifted the Special Criminal Court’s focus on to organised crime. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The murders of David Byrne and Eddie Hutch snr have pitched the Special Criminal Court into the general election campaign. Minister for Justice Franc(...)

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