Dick Ahlstrom

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A condition  called globozoospermia   causes   sperm cells to form improperly

Scientists in Ireland, Denmark and Germany have discovered the biological changes in faulty sperm cells that cause a form of male infertility. The fin(...)

From left: Alan O’Riordan, Tyndall Institute; Riona Sayers, Teagasc and Kieran Drain, Tyndall Institute CEO, at the launch of AgriSense in Cork. photograph: daragh mcsweeney/provision

It may seem a long shot trying to make the connection between one of Europe’s leading research institutes for ICT and the deaths of calves on our farm(...)

 Olivia Newton-John and her husband John Easterling kiss as they arrive at the fundraising gala  in Melbourne last month. Photograph: Getty

A kiss is just a kiss according to the words of the song but maybe not. A research study from Oxford University suggests it might be a sneaky way to s(...)

Michael Levitt, Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel, the three laureates of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Three chemists who revolutionised the use of computers to model chemical reactions have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2013. They developed meth(...)

Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865). Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A trip down Hamilton’s mathematical memory laneSometimes a short stroll in the autumn sunshine can be highly educational. A walk along the Royal Canal(...)

Physicists Francois Englert and Peter Higgs before a news conference on the search for the Higgs boson at CERN last year

Physicists have expressed their delight in the decision to award the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to the scientists behind the Higgs boson. Peter Higgs(...)

In the OECD study, the Republic is ranked 17th out of 24 participating countries in terms of literacy.

Levels of literacy and numeracy here compare poorly with other OECD countries, something that should leave people feeling disappointed. It is just not(...)

Participants in the study took part in a three-hour test of literacy , numeracy and problem solving involving the use of technology.

One in six people here struggle with literacy while one in four lack numeracy skills, according to a major study published by the Organisation for Eco(...)

Statistics  published by the OECD this morning show that literacy levels among Irish 16 to 65-year-olds are below average in a survey of  24 countries. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland was ranked as only average in terms of adult literacy and numeracy, according to international studies published this morning by the OECD and (...)

Images of James Rothman and Randy Schekman of the US, and German-born researcher Thomas Sudhof are projected on a screen, in Stockholm, Sweden, after they were announced as the winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine.

Three scientists who helped to unravel the secrets of the cell as a mini-factory for biochemicals have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medic(...)

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