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The results of experiments performed during the solar eclipse in May 1919 transformed Albert Einstein overnight into an iconic figure of science. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

This week, one of the most famous experiments of 20th century science will be celebrated at an international conference in Paris. On May 29th, 1919, t(...)

Homemade avocado smash toast topped with lemon and chili flakes.

No more avocado toast or banana smoothies, and forget about shaving fresh Parmesan on your pasta. Instead, get used to milk at every meal, bread for d(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

On a tour of Ireland, one might easily ask: where are the women? There are statues to a few (we counted just five), a smattering of commemorative plaq(...)

John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown’s transatlantic aircraft crossed the Atlantic between St John’s, Newfoundland and Clifden, Ireland on June 15th, 1919. (Photograph: SSPL/Getty Images

It is probably easier to look back and weigh the importance of a particular scientific achievement of the past than to predict how science will influe(...)

An illustration of Prof James Moriarty in Conan Doyle’s work bears a striking resemblance to a photograph of Prof George Boole (left) and may well have been based on it.

A fascinating parallel between a brilliant mathematician and an arch-villain of crime fiction is drawn in a forthcoming book – New Light on George Boo(...)

Galileo has long held a central place in the history of “the conflict” between science and religion.

Rarely does the historian of science have anything to write about that could legitimately be considered “news”. Even more rare is the “discovery” of a(...)

A car under  debris  after an earthquake off the island of Kos, Greece, in July  2017. Photograph: Reuters/Costas Baltas

Google and Harvard University have just announced new research in seismology using artificial intelligence. Researches have “trained” computers using (...)

Eddie O’Connor has long been associated with renewable energy. The onetime chief executive of Bord na Móna founded Airtricity in 1997, selling it 10 years later to Scottish & Southern Energy and German power giant EON for €2 billion.

The chairman of green energy group Mainstream Renewable Power, Eddie O’Connor, has been chosen as The Irish Times Business Person of the Month for May(...)

Who was Robert Boyle  and why were his experiments so important in the development of the modern scientific method?

The importance of history as a core subject in school was recently articulated by Prof Diarmaid Ferriter in The Irish Times. Similar sentiments have b(...)

The jump in the value of the Neart na Gaoithe 450MW project, capable of powering all homes in a city the size of Edinburgh, comes as the cost of developing offshore wind farms has fallen in recent years. Photograph:  iStock

Mainstream Renewable Power, the green energy group founded a decade ago by entrepreneur Eddie O’Connor, has sold a wind farm project off the Scottish (...)

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