Sabrina Corgatelli with the carcass of the giraffe she killed in South Africa. “Giraffes are very dangerous animals. They could hurt you seriously, very quickly,” she said on NBC’s Today show.

A big-game hunter from Idaho has been fiercely criticised for flaunting online images of herself posing with the carcasses of a giraffe and other wild(...)

Richard Dawkins: a prolific thirdpartybragger. Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Last week Harris Wittels, the man who coined the phrase “humblebrag”, died at the unconscionable age of 30. In his memory I’ve been sifting through so(...)

Richard Dawkins, who appeared at the Burke theatre, Trinity College on Tuesday at an event organized by the Origins Project Dialog in which they discuss Randomness and Uncertainty. Photograph: Fergal Phillips 2:48

Children need to be “protected” from religious indoctrination in schools, biologist and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins has said, backing a campaig(...)

It is probably safe to assume that anyone reading this has either heard or uttered some variation of the line about religion being the cause of more s(...)

  Stephen Hawking giving a talk at this year’s Starmus Festival in Tenerife

It’s September 2014 and I’m wandering around a resort in Tenerife in the dark trying to find a gala dinner. I’m accompanied by a fellow straggler, an (...)

Life, but not as we know it: slime mould is neither fungus nor animal. Illustration: Michael Viney

The first storm of autumn left the polytunnel plastered with leaves from its sheltering spinney, a kaleidoscope of soft ochres and greens in stained-p(...)

He’s behind you! Tara O’Keeffe behind her hands as the wolf makes his apperance during a production in 1999 of The Christmas Panto Red Riding Hood in The Civic Theatre Tallaght. Photograph: David Sleator

I see spoilsport-at-large Richard Dawkins was at it again, this time saying modern kids don’t need fairy tales.While conceding that fairy tales aren’t(...)

‘The New Atheists – Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins (above) and Christopher Hitchens – have become immensely popular in the last decade through a series of blistering attacks on religion.’  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The New Atheists – Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens – have become immensely popular in the past decade through a series of blister(...)

Deception: the cuckoo lays its eggs in another bird’s nest. Illustration: Michael Viney

A farmer friend once showed me how to summon a cuckoo from the sky. As its call chimed tirelessly from beyond the trees around his house he spa(...)

Irish philosopher George Berkeley. Photograph: Hulton Archive

That John Toland is not a household name in Ireland has surely much to do with the influence of the Catholic Church on education. A scholar, philos(...)