Scientists in Britain have discovered the strongest biological material known to man, a limpet tooth. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Scientists in Britain have discovered the strongest biological material known to man, a limpet tooth. Spider silk used to claim the number one slot fo(...)

The CIA established the Center on Climate Change and National Security in 2009, a decision that drew fierce criticism from some Republicans who viewed it as a distraction from more pressing terrorist concerns. Photograph: Getty Images

A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be u(...)

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English and Professor Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland, at the launch of SFI’s review of important milestones and achievements for 2014 and  its plans for 2015

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has published its annual plan for 2015 as well as a review of key milestones and achievements during 2014. The coming(...)

Undated artists impression of what the Beagle 2 would look like upon landing on Mars. Photograph: European Space Agency/PA

Britain’s infamous “Beagle 2” spacecraft, once dubbed “a heroic failure” by the nation’s Astronomer Royal, has been found on Mars - 11 years after it (...)

Minister for Research and Innovation Damien English: “Absolutely convinced” that investment in research was important for Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland needs to recruit internationally recognised scientific “stars” to help grow our research ecosystem. They help build reputation but also suppor(...)

Joseph Dinkel’s illustration of Keraterpeton galvani, named after Charles Galvan, one of the Geological Survey of Ireland fossil collectors. Image courtesy TCD Geology Museum

On this day in 1866, members of the Royal Irish Academy gathered in their elegant meeting room on Dawson Street in Dublin to hear about an importan(...)

PD James’s  first novel was Cover Her Face (1962), which harked back to the cosy murders of the golden age, set in a country house with a body in a locked room and a cast including the vicar and a genial country doctor.

PD James, latterly Lady James of Holland Park, who has died aged 94, was the grande dame of the British crime novel. She was a link with the golden ag(...)

George Boole: became professor of mathematics at Queen’s College in 1849 despite having no degree and never having attended any university

Mathematician and logician George Boole died just 150 years ago, on December 8th, 1864, following a drenching as he was walking between his home an(...)

Beachgoers relax  on a  in Eastbourne in England during a heatwave. A new report warns that global warming could increase vulnerability to life-threatening heatwaves more than 10-fold in parts of Europe by the end of the century. Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty Images.

Global warming could increase vulnerability to life-threatening heatwaves more than 10-fold in parts of Europe by the end of the century, a new repor(...)

There’s a delicious sense of tradition at Christmas on the Square, when many of the grand Georgian Houses on Dublin’s Merrion Square open up to the(...)