The election for chancellor of TCD closed on Wednesday night and Mary McAleese’s name was the only one put forward. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Former president Mary McAleese has been elected unopposed as the new chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. She succeeds her predecessor in Áras an U(...)

Former president Mary McAleese  will take part in a public conversation with renowned American Benedictine nun Sr Joan Chittister at Trinity College Dublin in November. File photograph: Naoise Culhane

Former president Mary McAleese is to be presented with one of the most prestigious prizes in the Catholic world for her 500,000-word doctoral thesis o(...)

A reconstruction and computer model of part of a skull discovered in a Greek cave, Apidima 1. Photograph: AFP Photo/Eberhard Karls of Tübingen/Katerina Harvati/AFP/Getty Images

Modern humans reached Europe far earlier than suspected, palaeontologists have said, after identifying a 210,000-year-old cranium excavated in Greece (...)

MRSA bacteria. Researchers have discovered a microbe living in some people’s noses that produces a substance that is able to kill dangerous bacteria, including superbugs. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Scientists have found a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs and it comes from an unlikely source: the human nose. Researc(...)

Mario lives and learns

When Mario stomps on Goomba does he really know that the evil mushroom is his enemy? That’s not one of those deep thoughts on par with the sound of on(...)