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(...)

In a handout image, an artist’s rendering of what researchers believe Mars looked like around 4 billion years ago, when water now frozen in the planet’s icecaps formed a great northern ocean. NASA estimates that water could have covered about 19 percent of the red planet’s surface. Photograph: Greg Shirah/NASA via The New York Times

Mars once had a large ocean of water, some parts of it more than a kilometre and a half deep. But most of this was lost into space leaving Mars the de(...)