A scientist takes samples on the coast  near  a rusty old pipeline
R&D funding of €26m announced

Another step towards Innovation 2020 has been taken with the publication of the second Progress Report recently and the announcement of an additional (...)

Ireland’s track record of delivering high calibre Stem graduates into industry has helped the pharma sector develop

A knowledge economy depends entirely on having a ready supply of knowledge workers. That is never more the case than in the life sciences sector, wher(...)

No one wanted to see mug shots of the political hopefuls competing for space on the street lights and telephone poles with the Christmas decorations

The Irish love a good political row, and better still a general election. And the machinery and personnel needed to launch the parties into a politica(...)

‘A culture of shaming imperils public debate as people will be driven to self-censor.’ Photograph: Getty images

In the western world, clergymen used to have a monopoly on shaming. If you were condemned from the pulpit you could expect to be ostracised from your (...)

There has been a “very deliberate policy on the part of the State of increasing the number of people with doctoral education”, says the Higher Education Authority. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of people in Ireland with doctorates has doubled in the past 10 years, in line with State policy to improve the country’s research credenti(...)

Irish researchers have discovered new evidence of how big disturbances in the atmosphere around the Sun, which is 150 million kilometres away, impact (...)

Confucius: Master of self-cultivation. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The election of Donald J Trump has led to grim predictions about the fate of the “free world”. Moral authority has shifted away from the United States(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: ‘The 2018 budget increase is hugely positive and critical to preparations for our enhanced and increasingly globally prominent regulatory role’

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon says her office aims to spend its additional €4 million allocated in Budget 2018 to recruit up to 40 new emp(...)

Should one feel gloomy for being so small within the cosmos?  Photograph: Reuters/Nasa

Astronauts looking down on the “pale blue dot” where we live have commonly reported a kind of epiphany known as the “overview effect”. From space, the(...)

ApisProtect uses in-hive IoT-enabled sensors, machine learning and old-fashioned beekeeping knowledge to help beekeepers identify hive problems, diseases and pests

ApisProtect, a Cork-based start-up that uses the internet of things (IoT) and big data to help beekeepers reduce losses and increase productivity in h(...)

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