A member of the cleaning staff  at Dublin Airport. The use of face masks is a remarkably efficient way of reducing contagion. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, I noted in my last column in April most governments around the world paid close attention to the advice (...)

Composer Eric Sweeney who died aged 72 on Tuesday. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Tributes have been paid to composer Eric Sweeney who died aged 72 on Tuesday. Speaking on Wednesday, Arts Council chairman Prof Kevin Rafter said he (...)

While the experience of students entering college in 2020 will be shaped by efforts to halt coronavirus, there are many things that have not changed. Photograph: iStock

There is a danger that the focus on “calculated grades” will distract Leaving Cert students from the core questions they need to consider as they tran(...)

At the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing at University College Dublin, are (from left): Prof Wim Meijer; Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation; Prof Orla Feely, UCD vice-president for research, innovation and impact and Prof Mark Ferguson, director general Science Foundation Ireland. Photograph: Vincent Hoban

Scientists in University College Dublin are to evaluate the extent to which Covid-19 is ending up in sewage with a view to developing an early warning(...)

Many law graduates will never see the inside of a courtroom, and barristers and solicitors are not, in general, as rich as people often think.

Life as a lawyer is not like the TV shows Suits or Making a Murderer. Many law graduates will never see the inside of a courtroom, and barristers and (...)

Prof Arnie Hill, of  the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, believes  Covid has expanded people’s interest in healthcare.

In 2008, a massive global recession gave the world a crash course in economics. Suddenly, credit default swaps, hedge funds and equity ratios (don’t a(...)

‘People underestimate the number of roles that pharmacists have.’ Photograph: iStock
Why study pharmacy?

We’re all waiting for the pharmaceutical industry to deal with coronavirus. Until they develop treatments and a vaccine, people will keep getting sick(...)

They will be celebrating World Bee Day on May 20th, with activities based on the wonderful world of bees.

National Biodiversity Week 2020 is offering a large number of opportunities to get up close to nature – even if Covid-19 has forced a switch to online(...)

There are more than 200 scientists and technologists collaborating on PEPP-PT. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Ireland’s fight against the spread of Covid-19 is stepping up a gear, and it seems that technology will play its part. At the end of March, the HSE s(...)

Where the US might once have led the world in a time of crisis, the reaction of the Trump administration to Covid-19 has been farcical from the outset. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty

For scientists, environmentalists and others concerned with the issue of climate change, the Covid-19 crisis has provided many insights into the way o(...)

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