Coillte uses linear programming to make decisions about when and where to cut trees to maximise long-term benefits

A Berkeley graduate student, George Dantzig, was late for class. He scribbled down two problems from the blackboard and handed in solutions a few days(...)

Emergencey services dealing with floods in Blackpool, Cork, this year

Ireland will become a balmier place as a result of climate change but the summertime benefits will come at a cost. The warmer, drier summers will be f(...)

Sonya Kovalevskaya (1850-1891). Editor of Acta Mathematica, the first woman on the board of a scientific journal

In the 19th century it was extremely difficult for a woman to achieve distinction in the academic sphere and virtually impossible in the field of math(...)

Higher temperatures mean more moisture and more energy to be released. Ireland also lies under a region where these filaments pass overhead and so we too face this increased risk of flooding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Our weather is going to take a turn for the worse in the coming years as the climate warms and rainfall amounts increase. It will lead to more storms (...)

The average age of a woman having a first child in 1986 was 27.2 years but this had climbed to 29.3 years by 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson

Women’s biological clocks genuinely are ticking and there seems little that can be done about it. Once women pass 35 years of age, fertility declines (...)

About 500 people die by suicide every year in Ireland. Those working on the coalface of the problem say it’s closer to 10 deaths a week – eight of whi(...)

Prof Jeffrey Alexander, who received an honoury doctorate from UCD yesterday. Asked about Ireland’s immigrants, he said change had to come on “both sides” and society would not change automatically. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For migrant groups to win a place in society the main culture has to come to “admire” the other culture and possibly “change”, Yale sociologist Profes(...)

Katie Taylor focusses on her opponent before a bout. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Have you ever had the experience of suddenly discovering that you’ve been reading the same sentence in a book over and over again without any compr(...)

Red Kite: Several kites have been fitted with solar-powered satellite tags that relay the position of the birds up to six times a day.

Twitter might be the place for people to tweet their short messages, but for red kites in Scotland, blogging is where it’s at. Blogging Birds is an in(...)

Siobhán McDonald, artist-in-residence at the science building in UCD, at work at Vatnajökull in Iceland, with a team of scientists

Earlier this month, an Irish team of scientists from University College Dublin set off on an expedition to the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland. They(...)

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