People  have a responsibility to better understand science

The burning of smokey coal in Dublin was banned back in 1990, with claims and counter claims about whether it was a good move or a waste of time. In (...)

A moving robot child produced by the mother robot after the mother had tried different block combinations. Photograph: University of Cambridge

A robot “mom” has shown evolution works as well with robots as it does with animals. She delivered generations of “child” robots, testing their capab(...)

An artist’s impression of Kepler-453b and the double star at the centre of its solar system. Photograph: Mark Garlick/www.markgarlick.com

Irish astronomers have helped discover a planet orbiting a rare double star, much like the fictional planet Tatooine in the Star Wars film franchise.(...)

The stars will finally start to wink out like candles on a windowsill. Photograph: Getty Images

The universe may have started with a Big Bang, but fresh evidence shows that it will very definitely go out with a whimper. The universe is slowly dyi(...)

Minister of State  Damien English: new strategy for science, technology and innovation can be delivered by October. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Does Ireland have a future conducting research and making important world-class discoveries? The answer will depend on success in devising a strategy (...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker decided after taking office that the commission no longer needed a chief scientific adviser. Photograph: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Scientists are sticklers for evidence. They start with a theory, an assumption about why something is so, but then like to conduct experiments to c(...)

‘It helps if you have ambitious people on both sides of the family. I didn’t come from nothing.’ Above, James Watson in Dublin recently. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘In a way Éamon de Valera made me,” says James Watson, co-discoverer with Francis Crick of the structure of DNA in 1953. A decision made by de Vale(...)

SkySails kite technology can make big savings in energy costs for long-haul cargo ships

Telling someone to go fly a kite has taken on a whole new and more positive meaning. The Defence Forces’ innovation unit is leading a research study t(...)

There are some 48,000 people living with dementia in Ireland, with Alzheimer’s the cause in most patients

There has been a cautious response to claims that a drug treatment given to patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease has been able to slo(...)

Fly-by: a region near Pluto’s equator shows a range of mountains rising as high as 3,500m, taken as New Horizons passed within 12,500km of the dwarf planet. Photograph: Nasa

What’s the big deal about Pluto at the moment, and why all the fuss about a little black-and-white photograph? The picture may look a bit mingy, but d(...)