This orange blob shows the Betelgeuse star which has a radius about  1,400 times larger than the sun’s

An international team of scientists led by an Irish astronomer has made the most detailed image of the surface of a star other than the sun. The achie(...)

 Dr Eucharia Meehan: the  director of the Irish Research Council  has been appointed registrar and chief executive of Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), an internationally-renowned institute for basic research and scholarship, has appointed Dr Eucharia Meeh(...)

Prof Dervilla Donnelly (left) was taken aback by her selection for the award: Photograph: Eric Luke

Prolific scholar and former professor of chemistry Dervilla MX Donnelly has been awarded the Royal Irish Academy’s Cunningham medal at a ceremony in (...)

A detail of Red Weed, part of Astronomical Mashup at the Lab, Dublin by Lucy McKenna. Photograph: Peter Varga

Lucy McKenna isn’t what you would expect. From her work I had imagined someone intense, nerdy and scientific in a scary way. Her artist’s CV includes:(...)

The first education policy for the Gaeltacht provide an opportunity to refocus State policy on the crisis of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It has been something of a wait: the first education policy for the Gaeltacht (2017-2022) was recently published by the Department of Education and Sk(...)

Prof Dervilla Donnelly: “I couldn’t believe it [news of the award], but it slowly sunk in and I am so honoured.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Next month, Irish chemist Prof Dervilla Donnelly will become the first woman to receive the highest honour that the Royal Irish Academy can bestow. O(...)

Dr Turlough Downes. Photograph: David Sleator

You are interested in how stars form – how do you look at that? “Stars form within really massive clouds of dust and plasma (a type of ionised gas) i(...)

“The policy consensus on climate change in Ireland is very shallow.” Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

The Paris climate agreement has been hailed as a major step towards tackling rising global temperatures. But achieving its relatively modest targets r(...)

The Committee on the Irish Language, Gaeltacht and the Islands was told of the State’s inaction on the language. Photograph: The Irish Times

A leading academic has warned of the death of the Gaeltacht within the next decade due to current Government strategy. Dr Brian Ó Curnáin of the Dubl(...)

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 trip to the moon in 1969. Astronauts on the Apollo missions to the moon have been found to have much higher rates of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. File photograph: Nasa via Reuters

Researchers have uncovered unexpected dangers for those brave enough to fly into space. Astronauts on the Apollo missions to the moon have been foun(...)