Fred Hoyle, a brilliant and controversial figure who made a number of original contributions to 20th-century physics

Earlier this month, I attended a meeting at the Royal Astronomical Society in London in memory of the celebrated British astrophysicist Fred Hoyle.(...)

The EU announced on Thursday, October 15th, that it would invest €140 million from its Horizon 2020 science programme to develop the next generation of supercomputing technologies. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has been chosen to lead an EU consortium looking at the future of supercomputing across Europe. The consortium will form a centre of excellen(...)

Walter Heitler: a former professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

When Éamon de Valera created the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) 75 years ago on this day in 1940, he was accused of doing so as a van(...)

The aurora borealis lighting up the sky  at the Dun Briste sea stack in Mayo. Photograph: Brian Wilson

One of the world’s largest astronomical meetings is hearing on Tuesday about a St Patrick’s Day fireworks display created by two massive eruptions on (...)

Dr Anne Moore of UCC’s School of Pharmacy

Communication is, arguably, the biggest problem facing science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem). It’s not always easy to grasp the complex(...)

The academic, political activist and Tara campaigner Dr Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin, who has died aged 59, campaigned strongly for social justice issues th(...)

‘Today’s Global Positioning System (GPS) relies heavily on Einstein’s theory of relativity.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

A recent letter to The Irish Times, signed by more than 1,100 scientists, noted that funding for scientific research in Ireland has become increasi(...)

An image showing a region of rapid star formation called Westerlund 2 captured by the Hubble space telescope. This tapestry of your stars resembles a glittering fireworks display and is released to mark 25 years since the launch of Hubble into orbit. Credit: NASA and ESA

The Hubble telescope marks its 25th year in service on Friday, with celebrations focusing on the remarkable images it has captured since coming into o(...)

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 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(...)