John (left) and Patrick Collison, co-founders of Stripe, outside their offices in Palo Alto, California

Apple’s list of partners for its new Apple Pay service reads like a Who’s Who of the payments world, including Visa and First Data. Then there’s St(...)

Homer predicted the mass of the Higgs Boson 14 years before it was discovered Image: Fox/Handout/Reuters

Popular science writer Simon Singh called The Simpsons “the most mathematical show in TV history” yesterday at the British Science Festival in Birming(...)

Desmond O’Grady and Margaret Hayes from Limerick at the launch of the Beckett Centenary Festival at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to Desmond O’Grady, the Limerick-born poet and member of Aosdána, who has died at the age of 78. Describi(...)

What is fracking? Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – is a means of extracting natural gas from sedimentary rocks such as shale. The process involve(...)

An origami-inspired robot capable of folding and unfolding itself, made by Samuel Felton, a graduate student at Harvard.  Photograph: Seth Kroll/Wyss Institute via The New York Times

US researchers, inspired by the Japanese paper folding art of origami, have developed a “Transformer” robot that can assemble itself from a flat sheet(...)

Ronnie Tallon, who has died at home, aged 87, was among the greatest and most prolific architects in Irish history. “No other architect had the same s(...)

How can God affect our lives? Kosslyn uses the analogy of a flock of geese navigating a long migration. Photograph: Thinkstock

I recently came across an interesting book called What Is Your Dangerous Idea? (2006), edited by John Brockman. The book is a collection of “dangerous(...)

Not many people realise that GPS relies heavily on Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Photograph: AP Photo/File

‘You must be nearly finished for the year?” Every academic encounters this question/accusation each year from the month of May onwards. It never fa(...)

There is no doubt that funding scientific research is costly. The Hubble Space Telescope cost US taxpayers a staggering $1.5 billion to build, maki(...)

One in 25 Irish people are at risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to a combination of inherited genes and exposure to (...)