An inside view of a Large Hadron Collider magnet. Photograph: Richard Juilliart/AFP/Getty images

It is the greatest scientific experiment in the world. It will help explain what happened as the universe was born in the Big Bang. Some fear it co(...)

A solar eclipse in Varanasi, India, in July 2009. Ireland is set to experience up to a 95 per cent eclipse on Friday, though it is highly dangerous to look at the sun directly while observing the event. Photograph: Saurabh Das/AP 1:32

People have a chance tomorrow to see a rare phenomenon of nature as a near-total eclipse of the sun tracks across Ireland. It will become noticeably(...)

The signatories are advocating that less funding emphasis be placed on economically-driven research. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. I(...)

Prof Katherine Fitzgerald is based at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she is professor of medicine. Photograph: University of Massachusetts website

A professor of medicine has been awarded the 2015 St Patrick’s Day Science Medal, a distinction presented to an Irish-born scientist, engineer or tech(...)

A project from Dr Lorraine Brennan of University College Dublin will look at the relationship between diet and health.  Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Seven scientists based in Ireland have won major grants from the European Research Council, ranging in value from €1.9 million to €2.75 million.A proj(...)

The Royal Irish Academy was aware of a consultation process, but other stakeholders were not told. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An interdepartmental committee asked to devise a new scientific research strategy for Ireland has left out an important part of the process – the scie(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Every country has a top cat, and for the island of Ireland, that cat is mostly black with mixed patches of white. This colour is the most common in ea(...)

Geese: one type of bird most affected by turbines. Photograph: Johnny Greig

What do swans, golden plovers, hen harriers and geese have in common? Aside from being able to fly, they are all to be found on a list of the 22 bi(...)

In a handout image, an artist’s rendering of what researchers believe Mars looked like around 4 billion years ago, when water now frozen in the planet’s icecaps formed a great northern ocean. NASA estimates that water could have covered about 19 percent of the red planet’s surface. Photograph: Greg Shirah/NASA via The New York Times

Mars once had a large ocean of water, some parts of it more than a kilometre and a half deep. But most of this was lost into space leaving Mars the de(...)

“We are trying to figure out how cells die,” says Prof Séamus Martin, the Smurfit professor of medical genetics at Trinity College Dublin, recipient of the 2014 RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Most diseases involve cells dying too early or not dying at all. Learning how to intervene in this cell death process may one day help scientists conq(...)