Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley waves to the crowd with his wife, Katie, after formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in Maryland. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Barbara O’Malley recalls the first time her son Martin ran for office. It was high school, the eighth grade and O’Malley was 14. As well as passing on(...)

John Nash: he thought mathematicians were comparatively sane, at least compared with logicians.

The American mathematician John Nash, who has died aged 86 in a car crash along with his wife, made his public mark as the subject of the 2001 film A (...)

Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia at the 74th annual Academy Awards in  2002. Photograph: Reuters.

John Nash, the Princeton University mathematician and Nobel laureate who inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died aged 86. Mr Nash and his wife(...)

“Something about typing leads to mindless processing. And something about ink and paper prompts students to go beyond recording new information, to process and reframe it.”

The “chalk and talk” approach to education in Irish schools and colleges has long since disappeared. In any arena of learning you are greeted now by b(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush. He  is the first Republican to announce formally that he is exploring a candidacy. Photograph: Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Jeb Bush, the son and young brother of former US presidents, has fired up the next race for the White House by announcing that he will “actively ex(...)

The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher, Muscicapa sodhil, lives in the forested lowlands of Sulawesi  island in Indonesia. Photograph: Martin Lindop and Ticiana Jardim Marini.

A new bird species has been discovered in Indonesia, proving that there are still a few new things under the sun. The observation is even more surpris(...)

Whether he’s flying solo or playing as part of a duo, trio or group, Dublin native Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh has a handsome reputation as a fiddle player and collaborator. 2:30

It begins with interviewer and interviewee checking a list. This is to ensure that none of the albums or collaborations from the last year that fid(...)

The pen has finally met its demise – to the finger and the touch screens it controls. Illustration: Ellen Weinstein/New York Times

The pen is dead. It was murdered by the finger.I first realised this last month when my girlfriend asked to borrow a pen to sign the back of one of th(...)

Don’t be evil? ‘Corporations are particularly dangerous and worrisome sources of domination’

Time was we used to sing freedom songs against foreign governments and the “colonial yoke”. But today, across the western world, it is financial co(...)

A Palestinian protester throws a stone towards Israeli policemen during clashes after Friday payers in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters.

A UN human rights investigator today accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that th(...)