Hair raising: Stormy weather at Palmers Rock in Salthill, Galway, on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

If the weather this winter seems stormier than usual, that is because it is. It is every bit as bad as the storm-ridden winter of 2013-14, according (...)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted a research licence to carry out advanced genome editing techniques on human embryos. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The unwillingness of legislators to bring in laws to control embryo research means that any company could begin conducting human gene editing without (...)

Mercy University Hospital Clinical Research Facility director Joe Eustace, SRL Pharma vice-president Anita Maguire and founder Margaret Shine. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Food companies have always tested new foods or beverages on ordinary consumers before release. Now the pharmaceutical companies are doing the same thi(...)

Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, chairwoman of the Irish Research Council: “What we have in Ireland is as good as you are going to get”

This is going to be an important year for the Irish Research Council. Today it launches a new public outreach initiative telling people about the res(...)

Computer used technology “akin to imagination” to defeat humans in the ancient, Chinese board game of Go.

In what’s being billed as a further step in the emergence of artificial intelligence, a computer has managed to beat the European champion of the anci(...)

Life likely developed on many planets but then just disappeared due to runaway cooling or overheating, say a team of astrobiologists in Australia. Photograph: Thinkstock

The search for extra terrestrial life on distant planets has turned up nothing because ET and others like him have probably gone extinct. Life likel(...)

From left, Orville and Wilbur Wright, in 1905 when they were 34 and 38 years old. Photograph: Library of Congress

The Wright brothers are credited with building and flying the first heavier than air flying machine, but it was not always so. They battled with the(...)

Crab-eating macaques received a mutated gene that is found in 90 per cent of patients with a condition called Rett syndrome. Photograph: Getty Images

Genetically modified monkeys have been created that mimic the behavioural changes seen in humans with autism.. They can also pass these traits on to(...)

Masters students from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Engineering Giacinto Rittgers and Niall Williams will develop  sports cars with Ferrari over the next six months as they intern with the iconic Italian motor company.

The Ferrari motor company and Trinity College Dublin are building a research relationship that will see vehicle and component designs coming from Ital(...)

BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition: the RDS Main Hall has space for 550 research projects, but demand is such that main organisers BT could provide four times as many projects if space allowed. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The RDS is a scary place during the early days of January. There are kids about, lots of kids, more than 1,200 this year, most of whom seem way smarte(...)