The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) creates beams of particles and speeds them up to almost the speed of light before letting them crash into one another. Photograph:  Cern/PA Wire

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The beam tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Meyrin, Switzerland. Energy levels to be reached on Wednesday will not have been seen since the formation of the universe in the Big Bang

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A total of 19 new members have been brought into the Royal Irish Academy at a ceremony in Dublin on Friday. The new members of the academy include Steve Myers, who was the director of accelerators at CERN when the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012 and  Martin Naughton, chairman of Glen Dimplex. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

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The beam tunnel at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as Cern, in Switzerland. A new energy record for smashing together sub-atomic particles has been set by the LHC. Photograph: John Von Radowitz/PA Wire

A new energy record for smashing together sub-atomic particles has been set by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), marking a turning point for the team o(...)

Konrad Feldman, co-founder and chief executive of Quantcast, at their Dublin office where they employ 75 people. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

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European Southern Observatory: ESO is a very interesting body at the moment given it is spending more than €1 billion to build the European-Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the largest telescope in the world when complete

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Werner Nahm: left California for a professorship at Bonn University, but then moved to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Renaissance man” seems a fair enough description for someone who can read Babylonian cuneiform writing, speak Mandarin Chinese, translate texts fr(...)

 A file image of a photographer  taking pictures of the magnet core of the world’s largest superconducting solenoid magnet  at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particule accelerator, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA.

The world’s largest and most powerful atom smasher has restarted after an upgrade that could see it making scientific history for a second time.Short(...)

April fool’s day has rolled around for another year, bringing with it the usual super-funny-ha-didn’t-mean-it announcements from brands

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  A section of the Ara OB1 Stellar Association photographed by the European Southern Observatory whose senior counsellor for international relations Claus Madsen said:   “If Ireland wants to be part of the global research community it has to have access to some of these international facilities.” Photograph: ESO/PA Wire

Ireland’s ongoing failure to join the research organisation that runs the biggest telescope in the world is a major missed opportunity, a meeting in D(...)