A toast to ‘sweethearts and wives’ on board the Endurance, during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17, led by Ernest Shackleton. Photograph: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty

As the pandemic drags on, a lot of people have been looking to history for insights. Much focus has been on the parallels between coronavirus and past(...)

Mary Mallon, known as ‘Typhoid Mary’ was the first person identified as a carrier of typhoid fever in the United States.

If you have been following the search for the origin of the pandemic coronavirus strain in the news you will know the various theories. Pangolins, bat(...)

A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with TCD shows a model structurally representative of a coronavirus which is the type of virus linked to Covid-19. Image: Nexu Science Communication/via Reuters

The blue bottle of Milton is back for the first time since my kids were out of nappies and my hands are raw with washing. I’m not going crazy with the(...)

 Ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.  Photograph:  Lizabeth Menzies/Centers for Disease Control and /AFP via Getty

Since the coronavirus appeared a couple of months ago we have been hearing a lot about measures designed to contain its spread. One of the most popula(...)

Surgical masks have continued to appear in public every time there is a serious outbreak of a respiratory disease. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

As I sat waiting for my flight at Los Angeles International Airport, it was hard not to notice the number of prospective passengers wearing surgical m(...)

Irish stoats are stoatally different. Photograph: Dermot Breen

Maybe over your Christmas holidays you wandered into a museum. Let’s just say it was a natural history museum. As you walked around, you might have be(...)

Waves crash agains the sea wall in Lahinch, Co Clare as thousands of homes and businesses were left without power as Storm Lorenzo passed across Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The twitter response to Met Éireann’s recent forecasting around Storm Lorenzo encapsulated much of our views of weather forecasting in general. There (...)

The Bunsen burner is still ‘one of the most valuable inventions ever made’ as an obituary of its inventor claimed in 1899. File photograph: Ian Logan/Stone/Getty

My eldest son started secondary school this year and that means his first science labs (in addition to all the other changes of course). I loved schoo(...)

William Gilbert: his idea of the Earth as magnetic was widely accepted in scientific circles and had a great influence on navigation in particular

You may not be aware but the North Pole is moving. Scientists recently announced that the pole appears to be migrating faster, at about 40km-50km per (...)

Alcock and Brown leaving Newfoundland.

Around 9am on June 15th , 1919, an Australian soldier spending his honeymoon in Clifden looked out the window of his hotel room and saw a plane. Short(...)

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