Sinead Winters, Prof Georg Duesberg, who leads the work here on the new type of biosensor, and Dr Nina Berner at Trinity College’s ASIN lab at the Science Gallery. Photograph: Alan Betson

Scientists in Dublin, Canada and France have built a new kind of biosensor based on the use of graphene that can detect cholera toxins. It provides a (...)

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) creates beams of particles and speeds them up to almost the speed of light before letting them crash into one another. Photograph:  Cern/PA Wire

Why are people talking about something called Cern? Cern is Europe’s nuclear research centre based on the French-Swiss border. It is the home of th(...)

The heart of the Milky Way taken in near infra-red light using the Very Large Telescope. According to latest estimates the galaxy measures 4.179 x 10^38 metric tonnes. File photograph: ESO/S. Gillessen et al/PA Wire

An international team of scientists have come up with a better estimate for the mass of the Milky Way Galaxy. Some might question why we need to know(...)

The beam tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Meyrin, Switzerland. Energy levels to be reached on Wednesday will not have been seen since the formation of the universe in the Big Bang

The world’s biggest atom smasher is to restart today after two years of repairs and improvements, and needless to say it will start with a bang. The i(...)

Horizon 2020, the EU’s research budget,  has billions of euro available to support research taking place in our higher education institutions and in private sector companies

Is there anything as annoying as getting those stupid emails where you are promised millions if you send an initial few thousand euro to help free up (...)

Alan Healy, chief executive of Exergyn Ltd: says he expects the company to be manufacturing 1,600 water-powered engines a year by 2019

It sounds almost too good to be true – an engine that runs on warm water. An Irish company though has come up with just such a machine, one that promi(...)

Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English. Mr English has praised this year’s recipients of  the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, who are to share €6 million in funding between them. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group of 80 young researchers have received an important boost, with the announcement that they are to share funding worth €6 million to help them (...)

(From left) Ryan Lawlor, Caoimhe Kelly, Aaron Scully and Elisha McAuley, 5th class pupils from Scoil an Chroi Ró Naofa Íosa, Dublin, tackle a science project at the launch of  the RDS Stem Learning project. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new way to teach science in primary school has received top marks in an independent review carried out by consultants. Developed by the RDS, Dublin (...)

Prof Thorri Gunnlaugsson (left) and Dr Oxana Kotova from Trinity College Dublin School of Chemistry with the functional luminescent gels they have developed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chemists at Trinity College Dublin have cooked up something special – a gel that could be used in a variety of ways, from preventing scarring on damag(...)

Ibec warns that the pipeline of discoveries as they move towards commercialisation will dry up without more blue-skies activity and also wants to see the establishment of a body independent of government to watch how we invest State funding in research

Astrologers always believe that big things will happen when planets align. If Mars, Jupiter and Saturn line up surely that must be a sign that change (...)