Kevin Dooney of Raheny Shamrocks AC winning the  2018 Irish Life Health National Senior Cross Country Championships in Dublin in November 2018. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Sometimes the race is not won at the finish line, but in what it takes to get to the start line. I met Kevin Dooney for a drink last weekend, and we (...)

John Goodenough  has never stopped trying to innovate and improve upon the battery prototype he invented and the world is still using

I am early to a celebratory dinner in honour of the 2019 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, Dr John Goodenough. This is a modest affair taking place in (...)

Awareness that we shall all perish one day is instinctively suppressed, or glossed over with religious belief in the everlasting. Photograph: iStock

People tend to avoid thinking about their mortality. Awareness that we shall all perish one day is instinctively suppressed, or glossed over with reli(...)

Brett Kavanaugh (right), a conservative appointed by Donald Trump, was confirmed by the US Senate in October after he denied accusations of sexual assault from three women. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

US president Donald Trump rejected Democrats’ calls for impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday after a new report involving sexual(...)

A chimera is an organism whose cells come from two or more “individuals”, with recent work looking at combinations from different species

Efforts to create human-animal chimeras have rebooted an ethical debate after reports emerged that scientists have produced monkey embryos containing (...)

Green is good: a housing estate in Maynooth, Co Kildare, demonstrates the look of  tree cover. Among other benefits trees can protect against air and noise pollution

There is a justifiable push to build more housing, but this pressure should not ignore the benefits of greenery residential areas. Not only for aesthe(...)

People attempt to prevent police arrests outside the Stonewall Inn, on Christopher Street,  Greenwich Village, New York on Jubne 28th, 1969. Photograph:  NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images

This weekend marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a series of protests by group of queer patrons at the Stonewall Inn bar in Greenwic(...)

Actress Felicity Huffman leaves federal court after  acknowledging she paid $15,000 to arrange for cheating on her daughter’s SAT test. Photograph: Kayana Szymczak

The picturesque town of New Haven was the location for the latest chapter in the bankruptcy trial of developer Sean Dunne this week. But for most res(...)

Yale University, whose alumni include more than 20 Nobel Prize-winners, is located in the gritty city of New Haven, Connecticut. Photograph: iStock

Our flight destination in the US is to Bradley International. That would make an excellent pub quiz trivia question: in which US state is Bradley Inte(...)

Re-vitalised brains  of dead pigs said to be ‘cellularly active’. Photograph:  Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty

An experiment has breathed life into the brains of pigs four hours after death. Scientists in the US restored circulation and cellular activity in 32 (...)

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