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(...)

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(...)

N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Photograph: Universal History Archive/UIG

An international team of astronomers has discovered a high energy “super bubble” lurking in a neighbouring galaxy. This is the first time a super bubb(...)

Tiago Francisco cheers at the main control room of the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany, yesterday as its Rosetta spacecraft dispatched a robot to land on a comet’s surface. Photograph: J Mai/ESA/EPA

Scientists have successfully dropped a lander onto the surface of a comet in one of the most astonishingly difficult space missions since humans lande(...)

Most whiteboards are too small for the long equations of modern physics, while good blackboards are accommodatingly big. Photograph: Thinkstock

Here’s a curious thing. Some of the finest and most esoteric achievements of human culture are made with the simplest of technologies. The arcane p(...)

Mark Ferguson, director of of SFI Science Foundation Ireland, said that the new research centres “will make a significant contribution to Ireland’s economy, employment and reputation”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Almost €250 million is to be invested in five new world-class Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centres, in a move aimed at enhancing research(...)

Nobel physicist, Erwin Schrödinger

Seventy-five years ago in September 1939 an Austrian refugee travelled across England to Dublin. His German passport marked him as an enemy alien, but(...)

Artist’s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

A space adventure like no other is about to get under way, one that will help to answer profound questions about the origins of our planet and life(...)

The Code of Hammurabi: among the first written legal systems in history. Hammurabi flourished in the 18th century before Christ, but the exact dates of his reign are uncertain. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Greek geometer Pythagoras, whose theorem is familiar to every student of mathematics, lived about 500 BC but the theorem was known to the Babyl(...)

Prof Freeman Dyson: ‘Science is what we did for fun in our own spare time rather than being taught’

Computer-based artificial intelligence has promised much but delivered relatively little given all the research that has gone into it. The reason for (...)