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The first case of Covid-19 was described in December 2019 and since then  several very effective vaccines have been developed. Photograph: Roger Kisby/Bloomberg

Let me give you two sets of names: (A) Tony Holohan, Paul Reid, Sam McConkey, Fergal Bowers; (B) Ugur Sahin, Ozlem Tureci, Katalin Kariko, Hamilton Be(...)

The GR Yaris might even seem like a sound buy to a dedicated petrolhead.

Would you pay €50,000-plus for a Toyota Yaris? It’s the sort of question that could be asked of politicians to test their grip on reality before hold(...)

By the early 20th century the syringe was in higher demand and eventually became a key tool of vaccine delivery

Needles make me squeamish. I don’t think I’m alone. This is only one of the many reasons that I did not become a doctor. But needles are very useful t(...)

Like John Tyndall, who always underlined the need for science communication and engagement with the public, Tyndall National Institute in UCC has a major programme of science engagement in tandem with advanced research. Above  public engagement and outreach officers Dr Caitriona Tyndall and Alida Zauers with Albi Morrish in the Tyndall Atrium adjoining the cleanroom during Culture Night. Photograph: Clare Keogh.

Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor The life of great Irish natural philosopher John Tyndall was summed up adeptly in 2018 when the pu(...)

 Dr Francis Collins: one of America’s top scientists,  he insists that “belief in God can be an entirely rational choice, and that the principles of faith are, in fact, complementary with the principles of science”.    Photograph:    Patrick McDermott/ Getty Images

It was a relief when travel restrictions were eased, and it was possible to get out and enjoy the countryside. Many, including those who would not reg(...)

The world has a technology problem. By that, I mean that we currently lack the technology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. W

The world has a technology problem. By that, I mean that we currently lack the technology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. We don’t have a cheap(...)

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(...)

Sir Alexander Fleming,  discoverer of penicillin, studying  mould cultures at  his laboratory  in London. Photograph:   Peter Purdy/BIPs/Getty Images

Serendipity is unplanned fortunate discovery and occurs commonly in scientific discovery and product invention. It has played a prominent part in the (...)

Doneraile Court,  Co Cork.

Getting into Doneraile Court involves climbing past the fallen rim of a balustrade which once enclosed the orangery where diarist and diplomat Harold (...)

In August 2018 the world’s media described a “jaw-dropping” breakthrough in medical research: computers could read and diagnose complex eye scans on m(...)

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