Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)

The heart of the Milky Way taken in near infra-red light using the Very Large Telescope. According to latest estimates the galaxy measures 4.179 x 10^38 metric tonnes. File photograph: ESO/S. Gillessen et al/PA Wire

An international team of scientists have come up with a better estimate for the mass of the Milky Way Galaxy. Some might question why we need to know(...)

The US Defense Department  accidentally sent shipments of live anthrax bacteria from the Dugway Proving ground facility (above) to labs in nine US states and to a US air base in South Korea. Photograph: George Frey/Epa

The US military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine US states and a US air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to (...)

Peter Gay, who has died aged 91, was a German-born historian who wrote groundbreaking books on the Enlightenment, the Victorian middle classes, Sigmun(...)

Members of the US National Guard  in Baltimore, Maryland. The city remains under curfew following riots on Monday. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election, has called for the widespread use of police body cam(...)

Data privacy: many of the technology tools we use today are showing themselves to be insufficient for protecting our information

Debates about privacy frequently are debates about the role of technology in our lives, according to Trevor Hughes, the president and chief executive (...)

Eric Risser and Neal O’Gorman: “We want  artists focusing the majority of their time on being creative and leave our technology to work on the more mundane tasks – such as creating seamlessly tiling textures [realistic surfaces]”

Artomatix – run by Kildare-born Neal O’Gorman and American Eric Risser – had its first birthday at the end of March. Its first 12 months comprised (...)

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Evans) with his son, Levi

"Two summers ago, Bono spoke to me about drawings he had made of his father. He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Fo(...)

France’s Jean Van De Velde smiles at photographers as he looks for his ball in the Barry Burn on the 18th green during the final round at the 1999 British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland. Photograph: INPHO/ALLSPORT

The best golfers in the world. But are we seeing the best golf? And do we care? The Masters. Four days of convoluted, privileged preciousness h(...)

Tim Moran returned to education after a long absence to upgrade his qualification

Tim Moran is doing an MA in leadership in early childhood care and education at IT Sligo. He is in his second of four semesters in the part-time, dis(...)