A photo provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a colorised transmission electron microscope image of coronavirus. Photograph: NIAID via The New York Times

Scientists are beginning to untangle one of the most complex biological mysteries of the coronavirus pandemic: Why do some people get severely sick, w(...)

‘He is a rapist. Not rape-adjacent, or a bit rapey – he’s a rapist’: Arabella (Michaela Coel) in I May Destroy You

If you haven’t yet seen BBC drama I May Destroy You, I suggest getting on the case immediately. The series, lauded by critics and audiences alike, rea(...)

There is now cautious optimism that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready sometime next year. Photograph: iStock

In a medical research project nearly unrivalled in its ambition and scope, volunteers worldwide are rolling up their sleeves to receive experimental v(...)

A member of the US secret service wears a surgical mask as  President Donald Trump arrives for a news conference on the  coronavirus in the White House on Monday. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

When the history is written of how the United States handled the global era’s first real pandemic, March 6th will leap out of the timeline. That was (...)

The successful easing of restrictions in Ireland will involve ‘no border’ thinking on the island, says Prof Sam McConkey

There is much unfinished business to be dealt with quickly before Ireland can begin to ease coronavirus restrictions, according to University of Limer(...)

Coronavirus at the point of infection: the visual effect was created by Irish animator and data scientist Eoin Winston of Nexu and Jason McLellan from the University of Texas.

There are many confounding aspects of Sars-CoV-2 (its medical term), the virus that causes Covid-19. One is that we can’t see it with the naked eye. A(...)

Actor Cillian Murphy, who is involved in the NUI Galway/Unesco “activating social empathy” project, alongside students who have taken part in the project. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The recent suicide of UK television presenter Caroline Flack shone a spotlight on online abuse and how people who are decent and mannerly to each oth(...)

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(...)

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