Artist’s impression showing how    a very distant quasar powered by a supermassive black hole may look close up. Photograph: PA

The sequence of events leading to the creation of massive black holes in the universe has been discovered by astrophysicists including two researchers(...)

New members admitted to the Royal Irish Academy, pictured outside the academy on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: John Ohle

The Government’s Brexit Strategy should seek to preserve the closest possible research links between Ireland and the UK, according to the president of(...)

Rhianna Pratchett: “When I was a kid I thought fighting robots from the future or killing aliens was just what women did.”

While most children might dream of becoming doctors, lawyers or even fighter pilots, Rhianna Pratchett’s ambitions were always somewhat grander in sca(...)

Conductor and composer Eimear Noone is among the speakers at Inspirefest. Photograph: Carlos Gauna.

Monday Indicators: Irish manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) (Jun); euro-zone manufacturing PMI (Jun), unemployment (May); UK manufacturi(...)

The Very Large Array (VLA), the astronomical radio observatory in New Mexico, US. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

A mysterious short pulse of radio energy picked up by astronomers has been traced to a dwarf galaxy more than three billion light years away. Dubbed (...)

Wave effect: throw a pebble into a pond and waves spread out from the point of impact – a bit like investment in scientific research and education

The scientific world is all aflutter with the announcement last week of the discovery of something called a “gravitational wave”. There are lots of re(...)

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 (...)

Lough Feeagh, where the surface water  temperature rose at a rate of 0.35 degrees per decade between 1985 and 2009

The world’s lakes are warming more rapidly than the oceans or the atmosphere, according to new research which includes data from the Marine Institut(...)

Human children burn up more energy than other primate species developing their brains, but grow during this time at a pace more akin to that of a reptile than a mammal.

A child’s brain is voracious, burning up twice as much energy as an adult’s brain, something that could help explain why children around the age of fo(...)

Earlier this month, economist Martin Wolf wrote an article in this newspaper titled “Much-maligned state takes the boldest risks in innovation”. His p(...)