Mammoth tracks give an insight into lives

During a 2014 field trip to Oregon’s Lake County, palaeontologist Gregory Retallack discovered fossilised animal tracks, writes Richard Collins

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Scourge of urban noise

TIME was when noise nuisance in Ireland was generally created by that dreaded dog which never stopped barking in an area, or the busy, inconsiderate neighbour who insisted on working machinery late at night, writes Donal Hickey

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Where hippie ambience and vacationers’ expectations collide

La Gomera offers a uniquely different ‘vibe’ from other Canary islands in one important respect. Apart from its unique cloud forests, unspoiled beaches, walking paths and absence of glitzy resorts, a distinctive laid back feeling abides, writes Damien Enright

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Chilly air doesn’t diminish warm welcome of La Gomera

The Valle Gran in La Gomera in the Canary Islands is much the same as ever, writes Damien Enright

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Put our slurry to good use

Copious amounts of slurry from Irish farms, as well as some of the million tonnes of food waste produced here annually, could be used to create energy, writes Donal Hickey

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Hedgehogs face a prickly future in Ireland

Over the next few weeks, hedgehogs will be awakening from their winter slumbers. The prickly porkers have slept, tucked up in nests of leaves and grass, since October or November, relying on their heating fuel, brown body-fat, for sustenance, writes Richard Collins

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Pebble might be key to Earth’s origin

Hypatia, the first great female astronomer and mathematician, lived in Egypt in the 5th Century AD. 

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Rain, rain, go away

It is often raining in the Horse’s Glen when the sun is shining in every other part of the country, at any time of the year, writes Donal Hickey. 

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Unsplattered windscreens a sign of low insect numbers

The number of winged insects in Germany has fallen by 75% over the last 27 years, writes Damien Enright. 

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