Poster for the fifth international Flann O’Brien conference, which starts on Tuesday and will involve several days of non-stop talking by academics and other Flannoraks, from at least four continents. 

If you’re hoping to experience what Patrick Kavanagh called “the tremendous silence of mid-July” anywhere in Dublin next week, then, thanks to one of (...)

“It is typically associated with boredom, but also commonly with tiredness. So, does a prolonged yawn after a sleep enhance our sense of refreshment, or is it mere drowsiness – a reminder that we could have slept longer?” File photograph: iStockPhoto

One of the most puzzling actions in the shared repertoire of animal and human behaviour is yawning – common to, for example, cats, rats, dogs and ceta(...)

A Hungarian obstetrician  discovered the importance of hand-washing in preventing puerperal sepsis, a major cause of maternal mortality

In our decade of commemorations, we might easily miss two interesting sesquicentennials of 2017, commemorating 150 years of the Canadian Confederation(...)

Brian O’Nolan: wrote his long-running ‘Irish Times’ column, ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’, from 1940 until 1966 under the pseudonym of Myles na gCopaleen.

Myles na gCopaleen meets Mozart, at least in spirit, this week, as the latest International Flann O’Brien Society conference gets under way in the pic(...)

Simon Singh has written a book about the many mathematical references in The Simpsons

Why did the ex-chicken cross the road? It was fired from a cannon by a group of scientists who were trying to figure out how fast wind moves inside a(...)

The Bullies, Bullied and Bystanders Conference 2016, hosted by the Anti-Bullying Centre in DCU, was presented with evidence that Irish children are among the most prolific “sexters” in Europe. File photograph: Getty Images

Adolescents who share sexually explicit images of themselves often endure verbal and physical harassment which may lead to them developing symptoms of(...)

Nevermore will this raven’s food be stolen. Photograph: Jana Mueller/PA

Ravens can assess the risk of being observed when hiding food and will change locations of a food cache if they think another raven has been spying on(...)

Group birthday parties can cut down on presents and reduce the environmental impact of buying plastic toys that are discarded soon afterwards. Photograph: Thinkstock

How many birthday presents are you buying for your children’s friends? How much do you spend on parties where every last child in the class has to (...)

Training videos produced in Vienna were played to marmoset monkeys in Brazilian rainforests.

Old dogs aren’t the only ones learning new tricks. Researchers have shown that monkeys in the wild can watch “educational” videos and learn new ways (...)

Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann. He ran a campaign calling for a €1,500 minimum monthly wage, tax cuts for lower earners and wealth taxes. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Austrian voters are likely to return their little-loved grand coalition when they go to the polls to elect a new government tomorrow.Austrian chancell(...)