Sean Duke

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An artist’s concept of the  Gateway space station near the moon. Image: Nasa

When Eugene Cernan of Apollo 17 became the last human to walk on the Moon back in December 1972, no one would have guessed that 50 years later we stil(...)

An artist’s impression of Euclid,  which at its most basic is a satellite with a space telescope.

The stuff astronomers can see when they look out at the universe – stars, planets, and galaxies, makes up a paltry 4 per cent of what’s actually out t(...)

The director of a major US organ donation programme says unvaccinated people should not receive organ donations because of their risk of dying from Covid-19. Photograph: Alan Betson

The head of an organ donor organisation has said not being vaccinated against Covid-19 affects a person’s chance of getting a transplant. However, Ph(...)

The Adapt Centre’s conversational robot heads. These are used to research artificial conversational agents using AI for a number of settings including healthcare and customer service. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Anyone who has “talked” to an online chatbot might have ended up feeling frustrated they weren’t listened to or helped. Yet, chatbots have upped thei(...)

MAORY (Multi-conjugate Adaptive Optics RelaY) will help compensate for the distortion of light caused by turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere, which makes astronomical images blurry

The world’s largest telescope – the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) – is under construction in Chile. When it captures its “first light”, sometime in (...)

The High Energy Stereoscopic System, HESS, which is in Namibia and was co-founded by DIAS. It picked up the gamma-ray burst.

The closest-ever observation of a gamma-ray burst has yielded a result that challenges current theories of how the brightest, most energetic explosion(...)

A numerical simulation of ocean-induced seismic waves offshore of Ireland.

The origin of seismic Love waves induced by ocean waves – one of the four types of energy waves that are also produced by earthquakes – has been a mys(...)

Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff believe that the human brain works more like a quantum computer than any classical computers. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

In the second part of a series on the science of consciousness, Seán Duke features those who believe the human brain works more like a quantum compute(...)

A greater understanding of consciousness carries the potential for bringing wide benefits, but also carries dangers. Photograph: iStock

In the first of a two-part series Seán Duke examines the science and philosophy of consciousness – starting with “the insiders”; those who believe ans(...)

The Irish-made PayLoad Data Router   instrument will reside in  the International Space Station’s Columbus module.

A scientific instrument, built and designed in Ireland, which will measure any tiny changes in microgravity during European scientific experiments pla(...)

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