Storm-force winds along the East Pier in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin. File  photograph: Frank Miller

Summers in Ireland used to be better, with all-day sunshine and never a drop of rain, right? Wrong. A major international weather study going back 142(...)

Bumblebees in Europe and North America may be heading for a wipeout as a result of climate change. They are not migrating northwards to keep in temperate conditions. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Bumblebees in Europe and North America may be heading for a wipeout as a result of climate change. They are not migrating northwards to keep themselve(...)

Minister of State for Research Damien English: “We need a plan that will increase our spend in research.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland would have a visionary strategy for investment in science by October, Minister of State for Research Damien English has said. Mr English was(...)

The aurora borealis lighting up the sky  at the Dun Briste sea stack in Mayo. Photograph: Brian Wilson 1:10

One of the world’s largest astronomical meetings is hearing on Tuesday about a St Patrick’s Day fireworks display created by two massive eruptions on (...)

Tetragnathid spider using silk as anchor. Photograph: Alex Hyde

Many spider species are adept sailors, sailing across open water with ease and dropping a silk anchor to hold them in place. This and their ability to(...)

Prof Neil Rowan: “Pulsed light constitutes a next generation approach to ultraviolet light disinfection.”

Researchers in Athlone and Galway are shining a bit of light on contaminated water supplies in the hope of ending the need for “boil water” notices. (...)

The results from trials of a new treatment for cystic fibrosis have been welcomed by Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Trials of a new treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF) have delivered “a significant if modest benefit” for patients who experienced an improvement in lun(...)

New research has found the lower the degree of genetic similarity in a couple, the more likely it is their children will be taller and quicker thinkers

If you want to have children who are tall and smart, then be prepared to travel further to find a partner. New research has found the lower the degree(...)

Prof Poul Holm, professor of environmental history at Trinity College Dublin. File photograph: Joe Gavin

A research project into the history of Irish fisheries will look at records dating back as far as 1400 and has the potential to inform us about the hi(...)

A Cork-based scientist has warned that security controls need to be put in place ahead of quantum computing. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The next generation of computers could crack bank and financial industry coding systems and trigger catastrophic security breaches unless controls are(...)