‘Smiling depression  provides a term that people can relate to.’ File image: Getty Images

Over the festive period, I came across the term “smiling depression” for the first time. A woman used it to describe the depression experienced by her(...)

Jack Merritt worked as the course coordinator for Learning Together, a programme run by the University of Cambridge’s institute of criminology. Photograph: Facebook

A woman killed in the London Bridge terror attack on Friday has been named by the Metropolitan Police as Saskia Jones (23) from Stratford-upon-Avon, W(...)

When preliminary trial results of the new vaccine were released a year ago, the World Health Organisation called it ‘a major scientific breakthrough’. Photograph: iStock

In what may be a watershed moment in the fight against tuberculosis, the world’s most lethal infectious disease, an experimental new vaccine has prote(...)

A suspected member of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin is searched at gunpoint by the British Black and Tans, during the War of Independence in 1920. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Leaving Cert history syllabus is based on the principle “that the study of history should be regarded as an exploration of what historians believe(...)

Parson’s Turbinia, 1897.

On February 7th, 1910 the Royal Navy welcomed a delegation of Abyssinian (Ethiopian) princes aboard the HMS Dreadnought, then the fastest and most pow(...)

A “mini-brain”.  Researchers point out the huge gulf that still separates organoids (mini-brains) and real human brains in terms of their size, organisation, complexity and ability to communicate with the outside world

Madeline Lancaster opens the door of a fridge-sized incubator in her lab at the University of Cambridge’s biomedical campus. On its gently gyrating sh(...)

More people have been seeking alternatives to meat, partly due to the perceived health benefits, as well as concerns about the environment and animal welfare. File image: PA Wire

Vegetarian and pescetarian diets may be linked to a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) than diets that include meat, a new study suggests. Ho(...)

George Gabriel Stokes made profound contributions to hydrodynamics and devised and performed many ingenious experiments in optical science. Portrait: The Royal Society

Ireland should do much more to recognise “the immense contribution to the world of science” made by mathematician and physicist George Gabriel Stokes (...)

In 2011 alone, the EU imported beef and livestock feed associated with more than 1,000sq km of Brazilian deforestation – equivalent to more than 300 football fields a day

Evidence that Brazil’s rainforests are being pillaged to accommodate human over consumption is becoming more conclusive. What we eat, drink and use on(...)

Joan Redmond: ‘I fear for British academia and its further provincialisation with Brexit’

I am an Irish academic working in the UK, in the fields of Irish and British history. My perspectives on Brexit, Britain and Ireland are centred aroun(...)

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