Patrick Conway: ‘I didn’t have a lick of Korean before I landed here in March 2007.’

Learning a new language can seem like a mammoth challenge, but for those who are really intent on developing fluency, nothing beats full immersion by (...)

By second year,  females from middle-class professional backgrounds maintain interest in education while another group begins  actively disengaging from school work. Photograph: Getty Images

Children return to school today after the Christmas break and for many of those in third year the mock Junior Certificate exams are only weeks away. (...)

Erik Zackrisson’s study indicates there are far fewer places than we thought where life such as ours could evolve. Photograph: iStock

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) initiated the demotion of the importance of the Earth and its inhabitants in 1543 with his proposal that the sun, not(...)

IKEA concept needs to change more fundamentally if it is to satisfy growing number of customers requesting IKEA stores

In two medieval Dutch cities, Ikea’s most senior executives are finalising the biggest overhaul at the Swedish-born furniture empire in over 30 years.(...)

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: to chair national review of gender equality in higher education sector. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images.

Former European commissioner and Fianna Fáil minister Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is to chair a national review of gender equality in higher education. Ms (...)

The price of free speech

That a meeting in Copenhagen entitled “Art, Blasphemy and the Freedom of Expression” should require armed guards and the frisking of attendees speaks (...)

In a word

Celsius. Or, should that be celsius? Centigrade, even? Or centigrade? It seems proper we should consider such words at this time of year when our Cels(...)

Man’s best friend has made a contribution to science that could help lick obsessive compulsive disorder in humans. An analysis of dogs with the disorder has identified four genes that are strongly linked to the condition, and similar genes may be involved in the human version of OCD.

Man’s best friend has made a contribution to science that could help lick obsessive compulsive disorder in humans. An analysis of dogs with the(...)

Bo Gunnar Almqvist, professor emeritus of Irish Folklore at University College Dublin, was born in Alster, a rural area in Varmland, western Sweden. H(...)

Michael Levitt, Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel, the three laureates of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Three chemists who revolutionised the use of computers to model chemical reactions have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2013. They developed meth(...)

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