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Owner Dannielle Downes at the Foxy Chopper hair salon in Waterford city: “The world is slightly different. It’s a new era.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Dannielle Downes has thought of almost everything ahead of the reopening of Foxy Chopper hair salon on Gladstone Street in Waterford. A dedicated hand(...)

 A model of Covid-19, known as coronavirus, is seen ahead  during a US Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the plan to research, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine. Photograph: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

The remarkable global effort to produce a range of Covid-19 vaccines in parallel with developing new treatments – many of which are adapting proven me(...)

Nobel Prize winner Professor William Campbell. Photograph: Laura Hutton

For Prof William C Campbell, Ireland’s only winner of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, Sunday will mark another significant milestone in his(...)

William Campbell speaking during the Nobel banquet at Stockholm City Hall in December 2015. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/AFP via Getty

The stuff of great science is invariably an infuriating mix of chance; observation, much graft, frustration in trying to get experimentation right to (...)

Dermot O’Leary, NBRU: ‘Unless the Government comes out with a clear policy underlined by legislation, you are not going to get people wearing those masks.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is little evidence that commuters are wearing masks on public transport despite Government advice, the leader of the largest transport union has(...)

When  Covid-19 gets into our airways, it enters our cells and ejects its genetic material, co-opting the infected cell into making copies of the virus, which then go on to infect other cells. Photograph: iStock

In mid-March, just after restrictions were put in place to slow the spread COVID-19, Dr Nigel Stevenson looked out the window of his Dublin apartment.(...)

The Church of St Therese, Mount Merrion, in Dublin: the reopening of churches is currently set by the Government for July 20th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has warned against any attempt to reopen churches before public health authorities deem it safe. The organi(...)

Brendan O’Connor: The pandemic flattens O’Connor’s usual spiky energy. Photograph: RTÉ

Is the strain starting to tell on Brendan O’Connor? Opening Sunday’s edition of his eponymous weekend show (RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday & Sunday), O’Con(...)

Prof Luke O’Neill is among the signatories of the letter urging political parties to make the establishment of the new department a priority in the government formation talks. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If Ireland’s higher education and research sector is left to face its current financial challenge on its own, “with the State ignoring it the way it h(...)

Prof Luke O’Neill, director of Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Black Death went away, 1918 flu went away, Swine flu went away. It’s beatable, this one,’ says the Trinity College Dublin biochemistry professor (...)

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