A visualisation of gravitational waves pictured during a press conference by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) at the Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany, in 2016. Photograph: Julian Stratensculte/EPA.

The Government is increasingly under fire for how the nation lags its European counterparts in funding basic, “blue skies”research, the kind in which (...)

The Large Hadron Collider. Photograph: Cern/PA Wire

Ireland should join Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, if ambition to be a global leader in innovation is to be realised, the Oirea(...)

The Cern collider unit. Here,  two beams of subatomic protons are revved up to travel at 99.99999 per cent the speed of light around a 27km circuit, before smashing into one another

Astrophysicists puzzle over rotations of spiral galaxies and how light sometimes bends as it crosses the universe. It is as if there is something ther(...)

A360 degree view of the Intel Myriad 2 chip under test at CERN. Photograph: The European Space Agency

A new artificial intelligence (AI) processing chip developed in Ireland has undergone tests at the world-famous CERN centre in Switzerland to see if i(...)

The Large Hadron Collider which is located at the  European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ireland is losing out on major research contracts by not being a member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Fine Gael (...)

 A file image of a photographer  taking pictures of the magnet core of the world’s largest superconducting solenoid magnet  at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particule accelerator, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA.

The world’s largest and most powerful atom smasher has restarted after an upgrade that could see it making scientific history for a second time.Short(...)

An inside view of a Large Hadron Collider magnet. Photograph: Richard Juilliart/AFP/Getty images

It is the greatest scientific experiment in the world. It will help explain what happened as the universe was born in the Big Bang. Some fear it co(...)

James Flaus: ‘These magnificent feats of human engineering left us awe-struck, and taught us the power of collaboration’
Inspiring young minds

Jana Decker Understanding the mysteries of the universe is one of the last great adventures of our time, and no place is better to see adventurers – (...)

A worker rides by on his bicycle in Cern’s Large Hadron Collider tunnel during maintenance works, near Geneva. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Image

What cost €4 billion, is built in a hole in the ground and needs 4,000 people to run it? Oh, and it might contribute to saving your life. Not m(...)