A proton-proton collision at the Cern particle collider. John Bell had a stellar physics career at the physics research centre and laboratory in Geneva, where he was officially focused on particle physics. Photograph: AP Photo/Cern

The island of Ireland might be known, to those wearing emerald-tinted glasses, as the land of saints and scholars, but isn’t it curious that in the(...)

Professor Shuji Nakamura with a Blue Laser-LED, who has won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics with Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano ‘for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.’ Photograph: Randall Lamb/University of Cal/EPA

An American and two Japanese scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics today for inventing a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light(...)

Ruth Freeman: delighted to see more students opting for science, technology, engineering and maths in CAO first preferences.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Science researchers have welcomed the improved performance among Leaving Cert students in technology-related subjects but warned that a continuing gen(...)

Nicole Collopy and friend Helena Lawless celebrate their Leaving Cert results with Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn at Ringsend College in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Minister for Education has strongly defended the Project Maths syllabus, claiming it was improving student performance in the subject and makin(...)

The prototype fat burning sensor developed by a team at NTT Docomo Research Laboratories. Photograph: IOP Publishing’s Journal of Breath Research

If you don’t burn fat you won’t lose weight, but how do you know if you have done enough exercise to achieve this? Japanese researchers have come up w(...)

Researchers have successfully linked the climatic aftermath of volcanic eruptions to extreme cold weather events here over a 1,200-year period

Could the writings of ancient Irish monks and scribes hold a key to our cold weather patterns? A group of Irish and international researchers think so(...)

A newly hatched  loggerhead turtle on a Cyprus beach. Photograph: Reuters/Andreas Manolis

Scientists have developed a robot that mimics the movements of a newborn sea turtle as it struggles across the sand towards water. They hope th(...)