Jo Handelsman (right)  in the laboratory with a graduate student: ‘Soil is probably the most critical resource right now.’ Photograph: University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Most people recognise we need clean water,” says microbiologist Jo Handelsman, but nearly all of us underestimate the importance of a less glamorous (...)

Selio co-founders Colm McGarvey and Dr Garrett Ryan: based in Trinity College Dublin, their  novel medical device will transform lung biopsy procedures by eliminating collapsed lungs.

The Irish medtech sector consistently punches above its weight. It helps that 19 of the top 25 global companies covering the field of medical devices,(...)

Bobbie Culleton, left (11) and Amy McDonnell (12), from Kilraine National School, Co Wexford, with their Lie Detector machine at the BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition at the RDS Primary Science Fair. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

At the beginning of every year we celebrate science through the young students whose ideas and projects are proudly displayed at the BT Young Scientis(...)

Robert Shiller: “Ambitious thinking led to big infrastructure projects such as the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge and La Guardia Airport, the kinds of projects we could use today.” Photograph: Jessica Hill/AP

A businessman with a lifetime of experience in management has been elected president of the United States. Donald Trump’s administration may be viewe(...)

Hillary Clinton,  presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, speaks during at a campaign event in Ohio. Photograph: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has laid out a technology and innovation agenda ranging from connecting every US household(...)

A Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) technician performs an optic inspection on devices used to detect gravitational waves. The twin LIGO detectors are located at Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, in the US. Photograph: Caltech/MIT/LIGO/Reuters

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves passing over the Earth. The waves were caused by the collision of two massive black (...)

Meltwater flows along the Greenland ice sheet, one of the biggest and fastest-melting chunks of ice on Earth. Photograph: Josh Haner/the New York Times

The midnight sun still gleamed at 1am across the brilliant expanse of the Greenland ice sheet. Brandon Overstreet, a doctoral candidate in hydrology a(...)

A female investor suggested to Sheri Atwood that she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists. Atwood says the recommendation underscores an attitude in Silicon Valley that women make second-class entrepreneurs. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions – but not the tip she got from a fe(...)

Stephen Brobst: “I want to know every click and every search that led up to that purchase. . . interactions are orders of magnitude larger than the transactions. . . the interactions give you the behaviour.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Diversity always enhances a technology resumé, but Teradata chief technology officer Stephen Brobst brings an intriguingly eclectic mix to the tabl(...)

Prof Martyn Pemble of the Tyndall National Institute in Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Researchers at Tyndall National Institute, Cork, are collaborating with scientists from the US and Northern Ireland in a Science Foundation Ireland-s(...)