Nphet has repeatedly advised that schools are safe environments with low levels of child-to-child and child-to-adult transmission. File photograph: The Irish Times

When it comes to Covid-19 risk arising from schools, the emphatic message from public health specialists is that they are not significant sources of o(...)

Prof Turlough Downes, astrophysicist based at DCU, admits he knows little about epidemics but he has experience of working with challenging data.

Prof Turlough Downes usually applies his mathematical modelling skills to distant star systems, but he is now helping disease experts to model the cou(...)

A worker checks the temperature of a customer at the entrance of a supermarket in Turin, Italy. Photograph: Reuters/Massimo Pinca

Second and third waves are inevitable and there’s no clear exit strategy without a vaccine. That’s the view of Jeremy Farrar, director of the UK’s Wel(...)

Molly-Ann Williams is developing a sensor system that can tell us what species are present in an environment

What is your area of research? “I am developing a sensor system that can tell us what species are present in an environment. It uses the fact that or(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson has claimed that the EU was ‘pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate’, and that the plucky English Brexiteers would ‘set the country free’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” The German philosopher Theodor Adorno made this statement for the first time in 1949. It implies at lea(...)

From newborn night-waking to toddler sleep regressions and night terrors in slightly older children, it’s no wonder parents struggle to get enough sleep. Photograph: iStock

Earlier this year, a study published by the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick stated that having a child can continue to affect a (...)

Greenpeace activists  outside the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday as the IPCC special report on Climate Change and Land is released. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was broadly welcomed by scientists across the globe as a framework to t(...)

Critically ill infant undergoing mechanical ventilation via a tube in her windpipe at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

For a parent of a critically ill child, watching a ventilator going about its work can be what keeps hope alive. Moment by moment a ventilator does th(...)

With 30 million users, it’s also significant that Sweatcoin’s GPS-based verification algorithm rewards only genuine outdoor steps.

Many deaths in the western world are ascribed to avoidable lifestyle factors, including lack of exercise. Could technology motivate us into exercising(...)

Night shift: women lose an hour’s sleep a day after a first child’s birth; men lose 13 minutes. Photograph: JGI/Getty

Starting a family is a well-known way to make a good night’s sleep a distant dream, but new research suggests the parental yawns might go on for six y(...)

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