Viewing an eclipse in London in 1999. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire 1:37

How to watch the solar eclipse safely: make a pinhole projectorUp to 95% of sun will be blocked out by moon for about an hour from 8.30am A weak weath(...)

Children from the Eclipse Road area of London view the solar eclipse in 1999. Photograph:  Fiona Hanson/PA Wire 1:32

Safety is paramount when trying to observe the sun during Friday morning’s eclipse. It is extremely dangerous to look at the sun directly and peopl(...)

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(...)