An artist’s impression of a new dinosaur, Yi qi which could have glided from tree to tree. Credit: Dinostar Co Ltd.

Scientists in China have unearthed a previously unknown species of dinosaur, one that might have had wings like a modern-day bat. And while it could h(...)

Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a vegetarian dinosaur despite being a close relative of famous meat-eaters like Tyrannosaurus rex. Photograph: Gabriel Lio

A new kind of dinosaur, discovered in Chile by a young boy, has proven to be an evolutionary puzzle. It is closely related to famous meat-eater dinosa(...)

The Growing Up In Ireland longitudinal study looking at overweight and obesity in nine-year-olds showed that one in four children were above their correct weight

Even preschool children are at risk of becoming couch potatoes if they watch too much television, according to a study from the US. Children who watch(...)

John O’Donoghue CEO of Enbio, with Yves Bonnefous, the ESA’s solar orbiter project controller, at the opening this month of Enbio’s space technology centre in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. photograph: aileen drohan

Picture a prehistoric cave-dweller producing crude animal drawings using charred bone. Now picture the same charred bone, but this time used to protec(...)

An image showing a region of rapid star formation called Westerlund 2 captured by the Hubble space telescope. This tapestry of your stars resembles a glittering fireworks display and is released to mark 25 years since the launch of Hubble into orbit. Credit: NASA and ESA

The Hubble telescope marks its 25th year in service on Friday, with celebrations focusing on the remarkable images it has captured since coming into o(...)

MRI scan showing a human brain. Researchers have successfully shut down brain swelling in a rodent brain by turning off a single gene.  Photograph: Getty Images

Researchers have identified a biological switch that shuts down brain swelling after a head injury or stroke. The discovery has widespread medical imp(...)

“We need a balanced research activity,” Ibec innovation and education executive Claire McGee said. “You have to ensure you have this continuum from basic research through to the commercialisation of discoveries. You need a balance, it is not one or the other.”

The Government should establish a fully independent advisory body for science and should also increase State funding for research, Ibec has said.These(...)

Ireland has some of the least polluted skies in Europe. Above, a clear night sky in Kerry. Photograph: Michael Sheehan

Ireland has some of the least polluted skies in Europe, and not just in terms of air pollution: we also have relatively clean skies when it comes t(...)

The Atlantic coast of the US photographed at night from the International Space Station. Photograph: Nasa/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

What do surgical instruments, high-speed computer communications, low-energy Christmas tree lights, pollution measurements and improved education i(...)

 A foraging buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, visiting an oilseed rape flower in a field in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Stanley/Nature

Bees prefer to take nectar laced with the world’s most commonly used group of insecticides - behaviour that could have serious repercussions given the(...)