Handout photograph of a new robotic arm, based on the same principles as octopus tentacles, which scientists hope will make surgery less invasive.  Photograph: Tommaso Ranzani/PA Wire

Octopus tentacles have inspired the creation of a flexible robotic arm for surgeons that can access hard-to-reach regions of the body.The mechanical a(...)

Tourism Ireland spent about €65,000 on greening over 120 buildings and monuments worldwide, including the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building as part of an international promotion of our national day. Photograph: Getty Images

Sydney Opera House charged Tourism Ireland more than any other global landmark to “go green” for St Patrick’s Day last year, figures reveal. Tourism I(...)

The sudy found that students who play one-player video games between once a month and almost every day perform better in mathematics, reading, science and problem solving, on average, than students who play one-player games every day. Photograph: Getty Images

Playing occasional video games can help to boost students’ performance in maths and other test results, according to an international study published (...)

Ireland, Co Wicklow: €550,000, Sherry FitzGerald Bray

Sherry FitzGerald is seeking €550,000 for this three-bed bungalow in Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow. What can you buy for that elsewhere?

Venice Rowback Authorities in Venice have overturned a ban on large cruise ships sailing into St Mark’s basin, introduced in August 2014 to pro(...)

Europe’s most famous opera festival takes place in Verona, Italy, from June 19th to August 25th

Chipping Campden Music Festival (May 10th-23rd) Two weeks of quality choral and orchestral music in perhaps the most perfect setting in Britain, (...)

Author Steven Johnson discusses his new book and TV series ‘How We Got To Now’. Photograph: Frederick M Brown/Getty Images

Disruption is a term that gets used a great deal these days, to the extent that it’s losing its meaning. Disruption is now a marketing fad, a fashiona(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: says existing exams will go towards 60 per cent of final marks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The dispute over reforming the junior cycle is about more than just who gets to mark a few school projects in second and third year. It’s about the fu(...)

Mark Redmond: “The basic reason why we attract jobs is because US multinational operations in Ireland have a reputation for delivering on their mandate.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In the global tax game, Ireland is a mere pawn, powerless in the face of big corporations and their aggressive tax avoidance schemes. It’s no s(...)

 The set for La Bohéme at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Italy

PUCCINI AL FRESCO IN TORRE DEL LAGO This year marks the 60th Puccini Festival in the composer’s adopted hometown of Torre del Lago, 26km north of(...)