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Look! No hands: Self-driving vehicles are on the way, sooner rather than later

It is rather like that moment in Generic Science Fiction Movie 2: The Return. The rag-tag group of surviving humans are cloistered in the corner of so(...)

Asteroid 2014 J025 will not come as close to Earth for another 500 years. Stock image: Getty/Nasa.

An asteroid more than 400 meters wide will pass close to Earth on Wednesday, zooming by at a distance of just over 1.8 million km. Smaller asteroids (...)

In this image made from video provided by Nasa, US astronauts Peggy Whitson, above, and Shane Kimbrough work on the outside of the International Space Station on Thursday. An important piece of micrometeorite shielding was lost during the spacewalk. Photograph: Nasa/AP

A five-foot (1.5-metre) debris shield being installed on the International Space Station floated away into space on Thursday during a spacewalk by two(...)

Artist’s impression of the planetary system around HD 69830. Image: ESO

Since the late 20th century nearly 3,000 planets have been discovered outside our own solar system, revolutionising the way we think about the univers(...)

Taraji P Henson as Katherine Johnson in the film Hidden Figures, who was pivotal in sending US astronaut John Glenn to space

I recently watched the movie Hidden Figures and was incredibly moved by the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who wor(...)

Nasa image of the planet Mercury. File photograph: NasaAFP/Getty Images

An Irish scientist has succeeded in his bid to name one of the planet Mercury’s most prominent features as Gaeilge. Dr Paul Byrne, a planetary s(...)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off Cape Canaveral  in December  2015 – it carried 11 satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based  company. Photograph: Reuters

In October, we will celebrate 60 years of space technology. On October 4th 1957 the Soviet Union launched the world’s first satellite, Sputnik-1. Th(...)

The world-famous gathering, which began in 1987, incorporates a digital technology conference, a trade show and festival where emerging technologies, music and independent films all converge

A number of Irish tech start-ups will be heading west this weekend to take part in this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin Texas, whi(...)

A detail of Red Weed, part of Astronomical Mashup at the Lab, Dublin by Lucy McKenna. Photograph: Peter Varga

Lucy McKenna isn’t what you would expect. From her work I had imagined someone intense, nerdy and scientific in a scary way. Her artist’s CV includes:(...)

In an undated handout image, a rendering of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that may take people on a journey around the moon. SpaceX, the ambitious rocket company headed by Elon Musk, wants to send two tourists around the moon and back before the end of 2018. (SpaceX via The New York Times)

We like to boast of our phenomenal technological accomplishments today. But it is sobering to recall that it has been 45 years since the last man wal(...)

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