The beam tunnel at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as Cern, in Switzerland. A new energy record for smashing together sub-atomic particles has been set by the LHC. Photograph: John Von Radowitz/PA Wire

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Konrad Feldman, co-founder and chief executive of Quantcast, at their Dublin office where they employ 75 people. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

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Werner Nahm: left California for a professorship at Bonn University, but then moved to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Photograph: Eric Luke

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 A file image of a photographer  taking pictures of the magnet core of the world’s largest superconducting solenoid magnet  at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particule accelerator, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA.

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  A section of the Ara OB1 Stellar Association photographed by the European Southern Observatory whose senior counsellor for international relations Claus Madsen said:   “If Ireland wants to be part of the global research community it has to have access to some of these international facilities.” Photograph: ESO/PA Wire

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An inside view of a Large Hadron Collider magnet. Photograph: Richard Juilliart/AFP/Getty images

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 Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is seen in this picture sent to news media  by his kidnappers, before they murdered him. Photograph: CNN/Getty Images

In January 2014 I found myself in the back of a London taxi with David Satter, the veteran American journalist. We had just learned that Satter, an ol(...)

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