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(...)

Artist’s impression of the Juno satellite on its way to Jupiter

The planet Jupiter might be the second-biggest object in our solar system but we know surprisingly little about this strange, inhospitable world. W(...)

The Astro-H satellite  after a perfect launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre. Contact has been lost with the satellite.

A satellite mission that had significant involvement from researchers in Dublin has failed after its solar panels broke, cutting off its electricity s(...)

An Gaeltacht sign near Claregalway, Co Galway. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Our national approach to Irish as a spoken language is in urgent need of a rethink. Given the pending demise of the Gaeltacht, the status quo is clea(...)

EO Wilson and Richard Dawkins: had a disagreement about evolution

Academic spats make great spectator sport. Take the evolutionarily sparring contest between Richard Dawkins and EO Wilson, which centres on how natur(...)

Joseph Mary Plunkett was considered a wireless expert

The 1916 Easter Rising is thought of as a revolution led by writers and artists. How about the Irish scientists, engineers and medics of the time? To (...)

New frontiers: a woman star-gazes through a telescope. Photograph: Thinkstock

Why would anyone study science, technology, engineering or maths? You might think it is difficult and that everyone will think you are a nerd. But a (...)

Artist’s impression of   Astro-H  in orbit: The    objectives of the international project –  involving 250 scientists from 61 institutions –  include studying clusters of galaxies to gain insight into the evolution of these massive collections of active stars. Illustration: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies is working in conjunction with a number of agencies on the Astro-H X-ray observatory; a Japanese satellite (...)

A Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) technician performs an optic inspection on devices used to detect gravitational waves. The twin LIGO detectors are located at Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, in the US. Photograph: Caltech/MIT/LIGO/Reuters

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves passing over the Earth. The waves were caused by the collision of two massive black (...)

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