Angela Merkel the “indispensable European” for “defending Germany’s interests without losing sight of Europe’s”. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Nigella Lawson is not a regular in this column, but she has a nose for trends and her latest trend is Germany. In a review of her latest show, I read (...)

Australian flanker David Pocock: “I’ve absolutely loved the game of rugby and I’m so grateful for the opportunity that it’s given me.” Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

David Pocock is different. That he should bring an entirely new dimension to this week’s World Cup final build-up with his open invitation to David At(...)

Australia’s David Pocock has invited wildlife broadcaster David Attenborough to Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

Australia number eight David Pocock has invited “legend” David Attenborough to Saturday’s World Cup final against New Zealand at Twickenham. While man(...)

Hare-brained: human population growth threatens the planet. Illustration:  Michael Viney

At sunrise on one of the golden mornings the sheep and their pastures sparkled with dew. Tapping briskly forth on the boreen, an ageing squire with an(...)

‘The children start out nervous, but over time they are willing to pet the frog.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Insects and spiders, birds and bees, trees, swamps and the outdoors. David Attenborough said he has yet to meet a child who didn’t love nature, but(...)

I was 29 at the time, and I’d felt, both physically and emotionally, a little like garbage, for about as long as I could remember. I’d experienced chronic depression, fatigue, irritable stomach, and lightheadedness, as well as the acne. I’d spent the last two years trying everything I could think of to clean out my body

One night, the April before last, I was standing in my bathroom, brushing my teeth and scrutinizing my face in the mirror. As usual, I was assessin(...)

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(...)

Clara (Jenna Coleman) from the forthcoming series of the BBC’s sci-fi export ‘Doctor Who’, which has been growing its audience in North America. Photograph: BBC

The BBC has got a big new show coming up called The Hunt, which “celebrates nature’s cleverest and most determined predators and their elusive prey”. (...)

‘When it comes to the marine, we’ve a pretty good record of selling off the family silver, or even giving it away.’ Above, John Fitzgerald takes Lorna Siggins on a seaweed foraging tour. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

There can be few more pleasurable ways to acquire a spot of Latin than wading through cool, clear Atlantic waves off a southwest Kerry beach. I(...)

Great spotted woodpeckers: mother and father fly to the Sraghmore woods nest from different angles. “It’s a good strategy,” says Dick Coombes of BirdWatch Ireland. “They don’t shop in the same supermarket, as it were.” Photograph: Dick Coombes

It’s a bright, blustery day in Co Wicklow as we wend through the pine trees at Sraghmore, near the Vartry reservoirs, in search of Ireland’s latest av(...)