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(...)

An image showing a region of rapid star formation called Westerlund 2 captured by the Hubble space telescope. This tapestry of your stars resembles a glittering fireworks display and is released to mark 25 years since the launch of Hubble into orbit. Credit: NASA and ESA

The Hubble telescope marks its 25th year in service on Friday, with celebrations focusing on the remarkable images it has captured since coming into o(...)

Werner Nahm: left California for a professorship at Bonn University, but then moved to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Renaissance man” seems a fair enough description for someone who can read Babylonian cuneiform writing, speak Mandarin Chinese, translate texts fr(...)

  A section of the Ara OB1 Stellar Association photographed by the European Southern Observatory whose senior counsellor for international relations Claus Madsen said:   “If Ireland wants to be part of the global research community it has to have access to some of these international facilities.” Photograph: ESO/PA Wire

Ireland’s ongoing failure to join the research organisation that runs the biggest telescope in the world is a major missed opportunity, a meeting in D(...)

The Royal Irish Academy was aware of a consultation process, but other stakeholders were not told. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An interdepartmental committee asked to devise a new scientific research strategy for Ireland has left out an important part of the process – the scie(...)

N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Photograph: Universal History Archive/UIG

An international team of astronomers has discovered a high energy “super bubble” lurking in a neighbouring galaxy. This is the first time a super bubb(...)

Tiago Francisco cheers at the main control room of the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany, yesterday as its Rosetta spacecraft dispatched a robot to land on a comet’s surface. Photograph: J Mai/ESA/EPA

Scientists have successfully dropped a lander onto the surface of a comet in one of the most astonishingly difficult space missions since humans lande(...)

Most whiteboards are too small for the long equations of modern physics, while good blackboards are accommodatingly big. Photograph: Thinkstock

Here’s a curious thing. Some of the finest and most esoteric achievements of human culture are made with the simplest of technologies. The arcane p(...)

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