Big Ben strikes in the new year on January 1st in London – or is it? Photograph: Getty Images

Do you know what time it is? Not approximately, but exactly what time it is? Timing for the first dong of the new year will ultimately come from super(...)

“Innovation 2020 is a fundamental part of our plan to keep the recovery going,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government’s new science strategy will help bring full employment and a sustainable economy, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. “Innovation 2020 is(...)

A proposal has been advanced that would involve building a housing estate in an area like Knocknacarra – formerly a gaeltacht – to accommodate families who use Irish daily. Photograph: The Irish Times

One of the last fluent native speakers in the Galway city Gaeltacht of Mionlach believes that Irish has just 10 years left as a community language. L(...)

Fred Hoyle, a brilliant and controversial figure who made a number of original contributions to 20th-century physics

Earlier this month, I attended a meeting at the Royal Astronomical Society in London in memory of the celebrated British astrophysicist Fred Hoyle.(...)

The EU announced on Thursday, October 15th, that it would invest €140 million from its Horizon 2020 science programme to develop the next generation of supercomputing technologies. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has been chosen to lead an EU consortium looking at the future of supercomputing across Europe. The consortium will form a centre of excellen(...)

Walter Heitler: a former professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

When Éamon de Valera created the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) 75 years ago on this day in 1940, he was accused of doing so as a van(...)

The aurora borealis lighting up the sky  at the Dun Briste sea stack in Mayo. Photograph: Brian Wilson

One of the world’s largest astronomical meetings is hearing on Tuesday about a St Patrick’s Day fireworks display created by two massive eruptions on (...)

Dr Anne Moore of UCC’s School of Pharmacy

Communication is, arguably, the biggest problem facing science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem). It’s not always easy to grasp the complex(...)

The academic, political activist and Tara campaigner Dr Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin, who has died aged 59, campaigned strongly for social justice issues th(...)

‘Today’s Global Positioning System (GPS) relies heavily on Einstein’s theory of relativity.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

A recent letter to The Irish Times, signed by more than 1,100 scientists, noted that funding for scientific research in Ireland has become increasi(...)

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