Experts watch their screens at the control centre of the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany. Photograph: Boris Roessler/AP

A European spacecraft has become the first in history to rendezvous with a comet after a seven-minute burn of the probe’s thrusters brought it within (...)

Prof Eoin O’Reilly, newly appointed chief scientific officer at the Tyndall Institute, in Cork: “What I’m particularly excited about, however, is having a part to play in developing new talent.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

There is perhaps nothing more satisfying (or frustrating) for a scientist than to see a once widely disputed theory they developed eventually becom(...)

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 American Farm Bureau is drawing up a code of conduct, but farmers are concerned the data on their individual farms might be misused, sold or leaked to rival farmers. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Monsanto is facing public ire again. By recently acquiring a Silicon Valley start-up called Climate Corporation for $1 billion, Monsanto gained access(...)

‘King penguin colonies are very crowded and can stretch for more than 1km on the relatively flat and featureless beaches, yet individuals know how to find their place within such colonies’

Displaced penguin chicks navigate well in pairs as they find their way back to base in their colony, according to a new study. King penguin chicks gat(...)

The anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background as observed by the Planck satellite

How do you find out about something that happened almost 14 billion years ago? Researchers looking at the growth of the early universe are piecing tog(...)

Sequoia sempervirens can be more than 100m high

Redwoods are giants of the tree world. Living individuals of the tallest species, Sequoia sempervirens, can be more than 100m high. Life at those leve(...)

The satellites will deliver visual and sensor information on land use, for example providing crop yield predictions or assessing the extent of national forests. Air pollution can be monitored also as can the ash from an active volcano 1:27

Europe will have a new eye in the sky when the Sentinel 1A (...)

Graduates from the faculty of science and engineering at UL

There are 2239 postgraduate programmes in the Republic, the vast majority accredited by QQI. Universities offer 1,574 courses, with 370 at ITs. The(...)

Breakers in Co Mayo: ocean surveillance is intense now. Illustration: Michael Viney

Beachcombed flotsam of marine technology decorates the Viney homestead, if not, I hope, in the manner of some overeager seafood boutiques – no nets or(...)