You are being watched: a goldfinch and a robin

The BirdWatch Ireland Garden Bird Survey 2014-2015 has just got under way. It gives people a chance to take part in real research that advances our(...)

Dr James Watson, at the unveiling of a sculpture, representing the double helix of DNA, at Trinity College, Dublin last year. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Russian billionaire who paid $4.1 million at auction for James Watson’s Nobel Prize medal has decided to give it back to the scientist. The(...)

Artists’ impression: Hibernating New Horizons satellite has woken up one last time as it nears the finish of its 4.8 billion kilometre journey to visit the dwarf planet Pluto.

A hibernating satellite has woken up one last time as it nears the finish of its 4.8 billion km journey to visit dwarf planet Pluto. The New Horizons (...)

 Parchments such as this 14th century archbishop’s register hold clues to ancient DNA of animals. Photograph: By permission of the Borthwick Institute for Archives

Documents similar to the Book of Kells and other ancient parchments may soon reveal more secrets.Scientists at Trinity College Dublin and the Univers(...)

Shunned: James Watson. Photograph: Suzanne DeChillo/New York Times

An icon of science has done the unthinkable. The Nobel laureate James Watson, one of the two men who discovered the double-helix shape of DNA, has sol(...)

Prof Nancy Hopkins: chaired first committee on women faculty at MIT’s school of science.

Achieving a gender balance in higher education requires a sustained commitment that can last for years. Balance can be reached however, as shown by a (...)

Ireland sees 110 new cases of motor neurone disease every year. Illustration: 
. images: getty images/science photo library
Getty Images/Science Photo Library

Today sees the formal launch in Ireland of Project Mine, an ambitious international effort to find the genetic causes of motor neurone disease. It (...)

The Government has intervened in the controversy over fracking in Ireland, asking the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study assessing environmental impacts and risks associated with the practice. This will not be ready for at least another year. Above is a sign protesting against fracking   near Belcoo, Co Fermanagh, and Blacklion, Co Cavan. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Estimates for how much natural gas can be recovered using hydraulic fracturing of shale rock may be wildly optimistic and could lead to a sharp declin(...)

Prof Stephen Hawking:  “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.” Photograph:  John Stillwell/PA

The eminent theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking raised interesting questions about the power of computer-based artificial intelligence (AI) to deliv(...)

Global warming continues apace with 2014 likely to go down in the history books as the hottest year on record, according to preliminary estimates from the World Meteorological Organisation.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Global warming continues apace with 2014 likely to go down in the history books as the hottest year on record, according to preliminary estimates from(...)