Freezing a flower in liquid nitrogen at the Science Gallery, Dublin. The Science Gallery was designed with a complementary project in mind, says its founding director. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s failure to open a science centre, despite all the talk of “the knowledge economy”, is remarkable. The absence sets Dublin apart from most Eu(...)

The start of last year’s Dublin Marathon.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I’m going to be controversial here, Dublin City University’s sports scientist Niall Moyna warns. “Is it good for people who can’t run a marathon in u(...)

In Ireland, tests must be run on two mammalian species before drug-testing can be conducted on humans. Above: a lab rat. Photographs:  Getty Images

Everything inside this modern building is clean and techy, but there is an out-of-place whiff of mustiness too: eau de pet shop. I’m outside the “mous(...)

A meteorite trail is seen above a residential apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, on February 15th. A heavy meteor shower rained down on central Russia, sowing panic as the hurtling space debris smashed windows and injured dozens of stunned locals. Photograph: Oleg Kargopolov/AFP/Getty Images

Astronomer Alan Fitzsimmons has a lot on his mind. He is interested in our solar system, but also in how to save planet Earth. The Queen’s University (...)

The Wicklow gold rush

The year 1795 saw a gold rush in Wicklow as prospectors flocked to the Gold Mines River. Eighty kilograms of gold were recovered in just a few (...)