Scientific Sue gets her dragon to show off its skills with flammable gases at the Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology (Calmast) based at Waterford IT. File photograph: Patrick Browne

Dragons serve a very useful role in explaining physics and chemistry, and although you may be hard pressed to find one, students can still learn about(...)

The skills of a plumber, electrician, crane driver and paramedic are far more useful than ‘genius’ when it comes to exploring in space, says Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli .

The skills of a plumber, electrician, crane driver and paramedic are far more useful than “genius” when it comes to exploring in space. “Oh, and a s(...)

Romeo Durscher of DJI and Declan Mallen of IFLY Technology, guest speakers at the Drones and Data Conference in Westport. Photograph: Conor McKeown

If Santa Claus opts for drones over reindeer for deliveries this Christmas, he will only be permitted to use Irish airspace if he is on the State’s re(...)

Jacki Ford Morie, founder of The Augmented Traveler, on the Centre Stage during day two of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS in Dublin.   Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile 4:32

Day two of Web Summit and a large number of the morning sessions were stuck in augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR). Despite suspicions, augmente(...)

Meltwater flows along the Greenland ice sheet, one of the biggest and fastest-melting chunks of ice on Earth. Photograph: Josh Haner/the New York Times

The midnight sun still gleamed at 1am across the brilliant expanse of the Greenland ice sheet. Brandon Overstreet, a doctoral candidate in hydrology a(...)

A Google drone vehicle lowering a package to the ground in Queensland, Australia. Photograph: Google

Internet giant Alphabet, the new holding company for Google, expects to begin delivering packages to consumers via drones sometime in 2017, the execut(...)

BlaBlaCar has 20 million users across 19 countries.

Meet Europe’s latest ‘unicorn’ – the long-distance car-pooling firm that is shaking up inter-city travel across the world. If you feel like chatting (...)

Tommy Furey of the Marine Institute onboard the Celtic Explorer with maps of mountains in the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland is leading the world in deep-sea mapping. Photograph: Andrew Downes/XPOSURE

The Earth’s oceans cover about 70 per cent of the surface of the planet. Human beings have explored only 10 per cent. The deepest oceans are largel(...)

Dark streaks on the slopes of Hale Crater on Mars are believed to have been formed by seasonal flow of water. Photograph: EPA/Nasa/ JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

In the Ray Bradbury short story A Sound of Thunder, a time traveller goes back to the late Cretaceous era, because who doesn’t want to see a live dino(...)

An Irish scientist examining photographs from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found further evidence of water flowing on the surface of Mars increasing the chances of life existing on the Red Planet.

An Irish scientist has found new evidence of flowing water on the surface of Mars. Dr Colman Gallagher, of the UCD School of Geography, and Open Univ(...)