Scottish writer and acclaimed poet William McIlvanney. Photograph: Getty Images

William McIlvanney, who has died aged 79, grew into the title “the godfather of tartan noir” – the term for Scottish crime fiction – though it was not(...)

After meeting at work events over the course of a year, Anne (38), communications manager with Barnardos Northern Ireland and Stephen (35), directo(...)

The Pitch Drop experiment

Later this year a big black blob of sticky pitch will plummet from a funnel and plop into a beaker. In one of the longest-running physics exper(...)