Pat Norris in Houston, Texas in 1968: ‘The big draw for me was the huge salary, the shirt-sleeve winters, the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, and Houston’s varied cultural scene’

I left UCD in the early 1960s with a maths and physics degree, which helped me find work as a support contractor to Nasa in Houston later that decade.(...)

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(...)

During the eclipse, Crommelin operated the telescope loaned by the Royal Irish Academy, and it was his photographs which actually confirmed Einstein’s theory. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Most Irish people today are aware that astronomy thrived in Ireland during the 19th century, thanks to the enthusiasm of a number of prominent wealthy(...)

Prof Paul Callanan pictured with the equatorial telescope in the Crawford Observatory, UCC, which was manufactured by Howard Grubb. It tracks the motion of the stars using clockwork - just the same as Grubb’s “coelostat” device, which was used during the eclipse of 1919. Photograph: Andrew Bradley

A total eclipse of the Sun 100 years ago today – on May 29th – provided the first evidence in favour of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. It g(...)

X Shore’s vessels are built by Storebro, one of the world’s most respected boat manufacturers.

The dogs in the street know electricity and water don’t mix. Only back in 1978 did the lethal combination have a positive outcome when the killer shar(...)

Maryam Mirzakhani was awarded a Fields Medal for her mathematical research. She died from breast cancer at the age of 40 in 2017.

The influential collection of biographical essays by Eric Temple Bell, Men of Mathematics, was published in 1937. It covered the lives of about 40 mat(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden at a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

Aside from the likelihood that it was misattributed, Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity was always terrible advice. “Doing the same thing over a(...)

‘The approach to knowledge in art and science is different but complementary.’ File image: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

The idea that science and the humanities are separate, non-overlapping spheres of learning is widely assumed. There are “two cultures”, we are told, e(...)

The first ever photo of a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. Photograph: Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)/National Science Foundation/Reuters

The first close-up picture of a black hole taken deep in space was unveiled on Wednesday. The event was awe-inspiring for the world and immensely si(...)

 A supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun is seen in an undated NASA artist’s concept illustration. Photograph:  NASA/Reuters

Scientists are expected to unveil next Wednesday the first photograph of a black hole, a breakthrough in astrophysics providing insight into celestial(...)

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