Hannah (9) and James (5) Foot from Rathmichael National School interact with The Firewall at the Festival of Curiosity. Photograph: Eric Luke

A new festival celebrating science, curiosity and discovery opened in Dublin yesterday. The Festival of Curiosity will feature more than 70 events ove(...)

Sadhbh Stack (age 10) from Dalkey and Conor Brady (age 9) from Grangegorman at the launch of The Festival of Curiosity 2013 Programme. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

There’s plenty to exercise your brain in Dublin at the Festival of Curiosity.Kicking off today and running until Sunday, the festival of science and c(...)

When  scientists transplanted stem-cell-derived photoreceptors into night-blind mice, a small number of the cells integrated into the retina at the back of the eye, they reported in Nature Biotechnology this week.

Stem cells grown “in a dish” can integrate into the back of the eye in night-blind mice, according to a new study from University College London. Prof(...)

Only scientists could make a blob of bitumen sound interesting. And don’t knock this world record-breaking achievement until you have watched the vide(...)

Mothers on lower incomes are more likely to return to work early after the birth of their child, according to a major study to be published today.The (...)

You can’t beat hydrogen as a clean-tech fuel. When it burns to produce energy the only thing left behind is pure water – no chemicals, no particulates

The use of hydrogen as a general purpose transport fuel may have taken a step closer given a research announcement at Trinity College Dublin. Scientis(...)

“Online education has been around for decades. The thing that has really changed is that we now have the technology for one lecturer to teach a hun(...)

Darren Martyn leaving court today. Photograph: Collins

TWO students have admitted hacking Fine Gael’s website weeks before the 2011 general election as a “stunt” to embarrass the party. Computer experts Da(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said it appeared many families were not accessing the supports they were entitled to. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Almost 40 per cent of families living at risk of poverty receive no financial support from the Department of Social Protection other than child benefi(...)

The realist literature on multi-polarity and on power transitions in international relations tends towards pessimism as to whether the  major change in the power balance in Asia can be handled peaceably. Photograph: Reuters

Europe and Asia are facing crises of transition in economic and security issues in a wider global context of changing geopolitical realities. Their wo(...)

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