The Astro-H satellite  after a perfect launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre. Contact has been lost with the satellite.

A satellite mission that had significant involvement from researchers in Dublin has failed after its solar panels broke, cutting off its electricity s(...)

An Gaeltacht sign near Claregalway, Co Galway. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Our national approach to Irish as a spoken language is in urgent need of a rethink. Given the pending demise of the Gaeltacht, the status quo is clea(...)

EO Wilson and Richard Dawkins: had a disagreement about evolution

Academic spats make great spectator sport. Take the evolutionarily sparring contest between Richard Dawkins and EO Wilson, which centres on how natur(...)

Joseph Mary Plunkett was considered a wireless expert

The 1916 Easter Rising is thought of as a revolution led by writers and artists. How about the Irish scientists, engineers and medics of the time? To (...)

New frontiers: a woman star-gazes through a telescope. Photograph: Thinkstock

Why would anyone study science, technology, engineering or maths? You might think it is difficult and that everyone will think you are a nerd. But a (...)

Artist’s impression of   Astro-H  in orbit: The    objectives of the international project –  involving 250 scientists from 61 institutions –  include studying clusters of galaxies to gain insight into the evolution of these massive collections of active stars. Illustration: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies is working in conjunction with a number of agencies on the Astro-H X-ray observatory; a Japanese satellite (...)

A Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) technician performs an optic inspection on devices used to detect gravitational waves. The twin LIGO detectors are located at Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, in the US. Photograph: Caltech/MIT/LIGO/Reuters

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves passing over the Earth. The waves were caused by the collision of two massive black (...)

Using Lofar, a new radio telescope, astronomers have produced one of the best images ever made at the lowest frequencies of giant bubbles produced by a super-massive black hole. On left, radio and optical; right, optical only

A convoy of 30 articulated trucks will depart the Netherlands towards the end of summer and head for Birr, Co Offaly. Their cargo? The components nee(...)

Number 43 Frascati Park, just off Mount Merrion Avenue in Blackrock has been home to Belfast-born Prof Malachy McKenna since 1983, when he won a scho(...)

Astronomers will be getting a sharp new view of the stars with the announcement that Ireland is to build a world class radio astronomy facility in Birr, Co Offaly. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish astronomers will be getting a sharp new view of the stars with the announcement that Ireland is to build a world class radio astronomy facility (...)