Comedian Dara Ó Briain and Crónán Ó Doibhlin,  Head of Special Collections, Archives and Repository Services, UCC inspect a cpy of George Boole’s ‘The Laws of Thought’. The book centred on his famous theory of logic and probabilities and has heavily influenced mathematics for modern  computer systems. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Comedian and science aficionado Dara Ó Briain paid his respects to mathematician George Boole at the weekend when he visited University College Cork t(...)

Room service: the A.L.O. by Savioke delivers fresh towels to a hotel guests’ room. Photograph:  Jason Henry/The New York Times

A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items(...)

Dr Muiris Houston, co-founder Dotmed Creative Medical Conference.

In Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre, 178 medical professionals are listening to a rapping doctor singing about Ebola to the tune of The Kinks song Lola. T(...)

The job of Arturo Bejar and his 80-strong Facebook Protect and Care team is to curb cyberbullying and harassment by creating and increasing empathy in communications among the media site’s users. Illustration: James C. Best/The New York Times

Of Facebook’s 7,185 employees, Arturo Bejar may have the most difficult job.No, he is not responsible for increasing advertising revenue or keeping th(...)

Bumper to bumper: Recent estimates published by LinkedIn show that nearly a third of new residents in the Bay Area region represented “technical talent” and they are pushing up rental prices there. Photograph: George Rose/Getty Images

Those who remember the utterly destitute state of Dublin’s docklands during the 20th century must get some solace from its revitalisation in recent ye(...)

Thousands attend an anti-austerity protest at Merrion Square in Dublin: fading memories of the crisis will make it politically difficult to sustain fiscal discipline to cut national debt. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Fiscal Council can hardly have expected garlands for dishing out smelling salts over the budget – the body was not set up to court popularity. And(...)

Dr Pete Klimley in action

If you are studying animals, one of the best ways to get data is to spend time with them – but what if those animals are sharks? Dr Pete Klimle(...)

A female investor suggested to Sheri Atwood that she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists. Atwood says the recommendation underscores an attitude in Silicon Valley that women make second-class entrepreneurs. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions – but not the tip she got from a fe(...)

Emergency services at the scene of the shooting near the University of California in Santa Barbara, California.

At least seven people including the suspect died after a lone gunman sprayed gunfire from a car in a drive-by shooting near a college campus in the (...)

Penny Ice Cap outlet glacier on Baffin Island which shows ‘rivers’ of ice as they flow towards the sea. Photograph:  Michael Studinger/Nasa

What’s with all the talk about ice melting at the poles and rising sea levels? Is there something new going on? It all has to do with melting glaciers(...)