Shunned: James Watson. Photograph: Suzanne DeChillo/New York Times

An icon of science has done the unthinkable. The Nobel laureate James Watson, one of the two men who discovered the double-helix shape of DNA, has sol(...)

Prof James Watson, who jointly discovered the DNA double helix with Francis Crick, is to sell the Nobel medal he won in 1962. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of the world’s best-known scientists is selling his Nobel Prize medal in a bid to allow him to “re-enter public life” after being shunned for the (...)

29-year-old British banker Rurik Jutting (C) is guarded by police on his way to the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts in Hong Kong, China today. Photograph: EPA/Apple Daily

A 29-year-old British banker appeared in a Hong Kong court today charged with two counts of murder after police found the bodies of two women in his (...)

Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Tim Robinson is leaving Connemara. Not physically, not emotionally, but after several decades of roaming, recording and interpreting the Atlantic seas(...)

Sir Jocelyn Stevens, with his wife, Emma. Photograph: Getty Images

Sir Jocelyn Stevens, who has died aged 82, was perhaps the last of the old-style Fleet Street bosses, revelling in a reputation for brusqueness and bu(...)

Pilot whales: a pod of 13 beached in Co Donegal last month. Illustration: Michael Viney

At one point in the whole distressing affair, so the story goes, a young woman was bringing cups of water from the sea to pour over the skyward eye of(...)

Who’s rearing your children? If you have a child aged nine or older in possession of a laptop, smartphone, tablet or all of the above, chances are tha(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi and Prof Jonathan Coleman, whose teams are leading the charge on 2D materials at the Amber research centre at Trinity. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The future is flat, and things will never be the same, according to 180 scientists who are attending a conference in Dublin. The latest flat techno(...)

BBC Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman allows himself a little liberty putting the feet up as he signs off as presenter of the flagship current affairs show after 25 years last night. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Jeremy Paxman bowed out of Newsnight after 25 years with a parting joke, bringing his sardonic style to a spoof presenting the weather.London mayor B(...)

A screengrab of the EF International Language Centre website.

The turmoil in the English language school sector has spread to one of the country’s most reputable institutions where teachers have issued strike not(...)