Professor Shuji Nakamura with a Blue Laser-LED, who has won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics with Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano ‘for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.’ Photograph: Randall Lamb/University of Cal/EPA

An American and two Japanese scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics today for inventing a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light(...)

Fountains of lava, up to 60 meters high, spurt from a fissure in the ground on the north side of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland on September 2nd. Photograph: Reuters

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano continues to rumble, threatening to blow its top and throw tonnes of ash into the atmosphere like the Eyjafjallajökull v(...)

Catholic primate and Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin: Irish Catholic Church “of the 1940s and 1950s is gone and we would not want that back. It was very much tarnished gold.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The new Catholic primate and Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin (52) spoke yesterday of being “overwhelmed, fearful at what lies ahead but trusting (...)

A portrait of Charles Alexander   MacMunn, published in  the British Medical Journal  in  March 1911.    Photograph: Wellcome Trust

He is the forgotten Irish scientist, who in the 1800s conducted his research in a hayloft over his stables and whose findings were rubbished in his li(...)

The number of jobs has increased by 39 per cent in the indigenous sector in the past three years.

A skills shortages and lack of competitiveness threaten to undermine a fast-growing sector that could be pivotal in Ireland’s economic recovery, warn(...)

Teenage boys who are showing symptoms of depression could be identified by a test for the stress hormone cort(...)

 Ernie Farrell (8) observes a Newton’s cradle at a science workshop in the Ilac centre library, Dublin.   Photograph: Keith Arkins

The laws of physics are constant and unchanging . . . or are they? Researchers are beginning to find tantalising evidence that the physical constants (...)

There was a distinct pattern of struggle against the odds in the life and work of Graham Neale, who has died aged 84.Professor of clinical medicine at(...)

Two big studies were published exploring the origins of monogamy in mammals.

Scientists who study the evolutionary origins of monogamy in animals are coming up with conflicting theories. Things get even more complicated when th(...)

In 2002 the Roberts Set for Success review addressed the supply of science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills throughout the education sy(...)