Albert Einstein: 1905 was later referred to as his Annus mirabilis – or extraordinary year – and this when he was just 26

There has been a lot of talk this year about that physicist guy Albert Einstein, the fellow with the wild hair. Why are people talking about him?&n(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande meets  Hoesung Lee, the new head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  and Valerie Masson-Delmotte, the new co-chair, at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris on  October 15th, 2015. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/EPA

Calling all climate scientists, write more clearly! With just a few weeks before COP21, this is what a group of European researchers (from France, the(...)

Poor Pearse Doherty, utterly defeated, meekly withdrew his proposal for an analysis of the impact of the Budget

The cockspiratorial system of government is largely about not knowing things. Believe it or not, one of the things the system chooses not to know is h(...)

Potsdamer Platz: “Berlin is a museum for every failed city planning attempt since 1945,” said Hans Stimmann, Berlin’s first post-unification German city planner.  Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images.

They’re still building. That’s the answer I give whenever people ask me what’s going on in Berlin, a quarter century after German unification. When t(...)

The 10th International Plain Conference heard  communication in the health sector was frequently a matter of life and death - and fear of litigation rather an attempt to communicate effectively was behind much of the language in correspondence and on packaging. File photograph: Getty Images

Needlessly complicated communication from pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals could be putting patients’ lives at risk, a conference on(...)

Drop and give me 20, grunt: Irish Defence Forces trainees at the Curragh boot camp, in Recruits

You come into work one day and your boss puts his face in yours and roars, “You look like a f***ing bag of shite.” Do you a) tell him to f**k off, he’(...)

Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory is socially inept and not good at co-operating. Most scientists, however, don’t conform to this stereotype

The progress of science is driving the growth of the Irish economy. Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) education is heavily publicis(...)

The beam tunnel at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as Cern, in Switzerland. A new energy record for smashing together sub-atomic particles has been set by the LHC. Photograph: John Von Radowitz/PA Wire

A new energy record for smashing together sub-atomic particles has been set by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), marking a turning point for the team o(...)

 A file image of a photographer  taking pictures of the magnet core of the world’s largest superconducting solenoid magnet  at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particule accelerator, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA.

The world’s largest and most powerful atom smasher has restarted after an upgrade that could see it making scientific history for a second time.Short(...)

Albert Einstein:  “It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience.”

‘Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” This quote is often attributed to Albert Einstein although there is some doubt that(...)