Trinity College Dublin provost Patrick Prendergast has said it appeared Brexit was playing a key role in more international students considering Ireland as a place to study. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish universities have recorded a surge in applications from international students which academics say is linked to uncertainty over Brexit and the (...)

Johnaí “Dubh” Clochartaigh harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sea Thong. Cat’s Tail. True Sloke. Sting Winkle. Confined to bed in a New York hospital some decades ago, a west of Ireland man busied himself with m(...)

It’s a piece of cake: One way to remember the value of pi is by means of a ‘piem’, a poem whose words have letters corresponding to the digits of pi
It’s as easy as pi

Every circle has the property that the distance around it is just over three times the distance across. This has been known since the earliest times. (...)

Mary Paula Walsh: wrote two books on bereavement – ‘Living After A Death’ and ‘Helping Your Child Through Bereavement’ – both of which have given people the freedom to explore grief in all its complexity

Obituary for the Irish Times (April 30, 1941-April 17, 2017) “I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian (...)

Pythagoras: the mathematician in The School of Athens, by Raphael, from 1509. Photograph: Creative Commons/Wikimedia

According to Plato, a core of mathematical knowledge, later known as the quadrivium, was essential for an understanding of the universe. He outlined t(...)

A scrappage scheme for older diesels or more electric vehicles would improve city air quality in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Invisible particles from diesel engines are causing deaths in Ireland, especially from cardiovascular diseases. In the past five years science has als(...)

As well as leaving you feeling  under the weather, poor slumber is also linked to an increased risk of chronic conditions including heart disease and diabetes

How did you sleep last night? What about your sleep over the last week, month, year? The quality of our sleep can have a huge impact on health, with i(...)

From Mallow to Cambridge: Mathematician Robert Murphy

“A brilliant meteor that flared intensely but all too briefly”; this was how Des MacHale described the Cork-born mathematician Robert Murphy in his bi(...)

The Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers, is presented with a water sample from the deep ocean by Dr Caroline Cusack and  Dr Peter Heffernan of the Marine Institute.   Photograph: Andrew Downes

Because our planet is changing at a pace more rapid than at any time in human history, continuous monitoring of our oceans is now an important endeavo(...)

It is a tragic irony that those who resist action on climate change tend to resist immigration with the same ferocity, unaware that inaction on climate risks a human migration on an unprecedented scale. Photograph:  Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Early in June, Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Paris Accord, a key international agreement that aims to limit global warming(...)

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