Microsoft recently placed a prototype of a self-contained data centre 30 feet under water in the Pacific Ocean. Photograph: Microsoft/NYT

Taking a page from Jules Verne, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centres may be under the sea. Microsoft has tested a prototype of(...)

The Thurles-born mathematician Michael Carroll, who has died aged 79, was a former professor at the mechanical engineering department of the Universit(...)

 Carmel and Martin Naughton,  this year’s  winner of the Community Foundation for Ireland’s National Philanthropists of the Year Award. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Carmel and Martin Naughton have been named National Philanthropists of the Year in recognition of their generosity and leadership in supporting the ar(...)

The Irish students who were killed when the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens apartments, in Berkeley, California. Top, from left, Ashley Donohoe, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke. Below, from left, Niccolai Schuster, Eimear Walsh, Lorcan Miller.

A preliminary hearing was held on Tuesday in the law suit being taken by the families of those killed and injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse. (...)

A child born today has a one in three chance of developing dementia and, so far, there is no promising research into a cure, according to head of research at Fujitsu Ireland, Anthony McCauley

The annual Fujitsu Forum is a big corporate love-in for the Japanese technology giant and its clients, and last week’s gathering in Munich was no exce(...)

Atlantic Philanthropies founder Chuck Feeney (right) with president and chief executive Christopher Oechsli. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Atlantic Philanthropies is to give €138 million – its largest grant to date – to Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco to (...)

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(...)

Window air-conditioning units on display at Lowe’s in Fresno, California. Only now is the US waking up to the environmental cost of such massive energy consumption – and to the chilling prospect that the rest of the world may follow its example. Photograph: Diana Baldrica/Fresno Bee/MCT via Getty Images

It was a sun-drenched afternoon, with another autumnal heatwave cooking the concrete of Los Angeles, but Joanne Pilecki hugged her green fleece close (...)

Myles na gCopaleen aka  Flann O’Brien aka Brian O’Nolan. File photograph: The Irish Times

When Brian O’Nolan died, almost 50 years ago, his writing career was dismissed by one influential critic as a “ruin”. But if it remains a ruin, half (...)

‘Gay unions are ‘’pro-life’ because they too create those committed together ‘lives’ in community.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The recent vote to legalise same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland was momentous. The final tally settled matters of law. But, emotions remain r(...)