Prof Luke Drury, president of the Royal Irish Academy, who won the Young Scientist of the Year in 1969. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In a long career, Royal Irish Academy president Professor Luke Drury has amassed no shortage of scientific accolades so it’s a measure of the esteem i(...)

Sunlight passes along the passageway leading to the burial chamber at Newgrange during the winter solstice. Photograph: Alan Betson

For much of the last century, you could wander unannounced into Newgrange. You could even enter the tomb’s main passageway and chamber by getting the (...)

There was a lot of quiet satisfaction in the world of physics this month with the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to theoretical physicists P(...)

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

Illustration mapping the steady decline in sunspot activity over the last two solar cycles with predicted figures for the current cycle 24

The sun is acting bizarrely and scientists have no idea why. Solar activity is in gradual decline, a change from the norm which in the past triggered (...)

The structure of DNA was a discovery but one based on practical chemistry

It must be a wonderful thing to discover something so important that the date it occurred becomes an annual day of celebration marked on a cale(...)

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