A small statue of Albert Einstein is seen at the Einstein Archives of the Hebrew University as they present the original 100 years old documents of Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago. (...)

Jewrovision ‘is a small island, an attempt to help them preserve and develop a bit of Jewish identity’: Last year’s winners, Chadasch Mannheim. Photograph: Gregor Zielke/Zentralrat

It’s that time of year. Time for loud music, expressionist dance and an explosion of good taste, bad taste and every taste in between. No, it’s not (...)

“We can’t blame Peig Sayers anymore.” Picture of Blasket Island storyteller, Peig Sayers. Photograph:UCD department of Irish folklore

How often do we hear people say that they wish they could speak their native language? Despite 14 years of learning Irish, the majority of people ar(...)

Actor David Tennant narrates a short animated film explaining Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity

One hundred years ago Albert Einstein published a paper presenting his theory of general relativity to the world. This theory explained how gravity wo(...)

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’(...)