Evidence of life on Mars may have been detected by Nasa’s robot ‘Curiosity’. Photograph: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/PA

Methane in the Martian atmosphere and organic chemicals in the red planet’s soil are the latest tantalising findings of Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover as(...)

A Nasa image showing the launch of Orion and Delta IV heavy rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, earlier on Friday. The vessel orbited Earth twice. Photograph: EPA/Nasa 2:31

The US spaceship designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars made a near-bullseye splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, wrapping up a flawless, un(...)

The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying Nasa’s first Orion deep space exploration craft prepares to take off at Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday morning. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images 2:31

A US spaceship designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars blasted off on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for a four-and-a-half(...)

Author Alain de Botton (R) makes notes during his week as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, west London, on August 20, 2009.

Internet research has convinced some we can know everything. But away from Google’s spoon dipped into Wikipedia’s stockpot, the idea of the mystery of(...)

Researchers in Florida have developed a method for converting human waste into rocket fuel

Researchers in Florida have developed a method for converting human waste into rocket fuel. They believe they can produce enough fuel to fly from the (...)

The comet’s surface was harder than scientists originally thought, which is partly why Philae’s harpooning landing system failed.

Gas jets from inside a comet hosting Europe’s Philae lander may launch the hibernating probe out of its ditch and back into sunlight for a battery rec(...)

The International Space Station. Google is  working with NASA to develop smart robots designed to fly around the International Space Station and eventually take over some menial tasks from astronauts with the aid of custom-built smartphones. (Photograph: NASA)

Google has agreed to a $1.2 billion lease of NASA’s Moffett Field airfield in California for 60 years, as the company invests in new technologies such(...)

 Eoghan (2½) and Genevieve Morrissey (7) from Glenageary, Co Dublin, watching a science show by Steve Allman at the Curiosity Lab in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, yesterday. The event is one of 800 taking place nationwide, during Science Week from  November 9th-16th. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

For all those who feel superior to vegetables, Science Week kicked off yesterday with the news that potatoes have more chromosomes than humans. The 1(...)

The  Book of Kells

A replica of the Book Of Kells worth €15,000 has been stolen in Co Meath. Sgt Dean Kerins, a Garda Crime Prevention Officer in Co Meath, said the copy(...)

Is it unfair to point up the modest levels of brightness on display here by observing that, when pondering the challenges of mortality, Interstella(...)