Using Lofar, a new radio telescope, astronomers have produced one of the best images ever made at the lowest frequencies of giant bubbles produced by a super-massive black hole. On left, radio and optical; right, optical only

A convoy of 30 articulated trucks will depart the Netherlands towards the end of summer and head for Birr, Co Offaly. Their cargo? The components nee(...)

David Farrell Professor of Politics at University College Dublin said voters are leaving it very late to make up their minds. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

This article is part of The Irish Times Meet the Voters series, profiling ten sample voters in a bid to track the impact of the 2016 General Election(...)

Jesko Zimmermann, a research fellow in botany in Trinity College Dublin’s School of Natural Sciences, said lands used for crops cause the release of more carbon sources than grasslands, which sequester carbon.  File photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Land use research has shown Ireland may be underestimating agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. The finding may require a change in the way data i(...)

Rev Terence McCaughey (left) pictured in Rathfarnham in 2001 with Prof Kader Asmal, South Africa’s former Minister for Education. Photograph: File photo/The Irish Times

Rev Terence McCaughey (83), a leading member of the Dublin and Munster Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has died. Prominent in acade(...)

“Reformers argue that the Koran is a living text and can be reinterpreted”

A charge commonly laid against Islam is that it is incompatible with western values. Certainly, passages of the Koran can be hard to reconcile with to(...)

Kevin Molloy, John Walsh and Mai Quaid at the Earn Our Vote launch; they hope older voters’ concerns will be on the agenda. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

One of the greatest challenges for us as we age is “bar-stool gerontology”. For many complex subjects – nuclear physics, molecular biology or philoso(...)

Fr Dennis Faul, knowing what would happen if the hunger striker Bobby Sands died, made desperate attempts to persuade him to end his fast to the death.  PA Wire

Recent articles in The Irish Times revisited the question of the relationship between sacrifice and religiously sanctioned political violence. Since 9(...)

 Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Students’ Union. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On today’s Off Topic we talk to Lynn Ruane, the president of the students’ union at Trinity College Dublin about her article in today’s Irish Times o(...)

Mount Rushmore: Abraham Lincoln may pass muster, but Thomas Jefferson (slave owner), George Washington (slave owner) and Theodore Roosevelt (white supremacist and imperialist) do not. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty

Who’d have thought that the most provocative visual art of our time would be old statues of old white guys? From Cape Town to New Orleans, from Oxford(...)

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Rarely has a new scientific method created such a ruckus as the Crispr gene-editing technique. It has been touted as potentially offering a way to c(...)