Rallying support: Donald Trump on the campaign trail. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

‘President Trump”. Two words that seemed laughable when the Donald declared his intention to seek the Republican Party nomination to run for the White(...)

Chris Watson records a geyser

I will never forget the first time I heard the eider ducks. Listening to In St Cuthbert’s Time, Chris Watson’s sonic re-creation of what the holy isl(...)

The glacier at Langjökull, which tourists can explore.

‘Ah you are from Ireland. Here we say we are all descended from Brian Ború – we stole his daughter.” All of a sudden the penny dropped. Our Icelandic(...)

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(...)