Myles na gCopaleen aka  Flann O’Brien aka Brian O’Nolan. File photograph: The Irish Times

When Brian O’Nolan died, almost 50 years ago, his writing career was dismissed by one influential critic as a “ruin”. But if it remains a ruin, half (...)

‘Gay unions are ‘’pro-life’ because they too create those committed together ‘lives’ in community.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The recent vote to legalise same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland was momentous. The final tally settled matters of law. But, emotions remain r(...)

Google’s self-driving car in Mountain View, California. Google’s driverless car has been involved in some minor crashes because it observes traffic laws to the letter, and people don’t. Photograph: Gordon de los Santos/Google via the New York Times

Google, a leader in efforts to create driverless cars, has run into an odd safety conundrum: humans. Last month, as one of Google’s self-driving cars (...)

Research at NASA for the last two decades has focused on the International Space Station

The Space Race used to be a 100-metre sprint. Now it’s more like a three-legged event. Things move slower and cooperation is vital. The manned space (...)

Kieran Drain (right), chief executive of the Tyndall National Institute, with Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, at the launch of the Tyndall 2014 annual report. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Organisations involved in commercialising R&D argue that strong national R&D programmes that bring together third-level researchers and ind(...)

Gavin Duffy of ‘Dragons’ Den’ said he is  “always surprised by the level of understanding of business primary school children in particular can display”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This week Ibec called for teachers to be trained in “entrepreneurial thinking” with a view to introducing courses at primary and secondary schools in (...)

 Beijing’s offensive against rights lawyers began on July 9th with the detention of Wang Yu, an attorney known for defending politically sensitive clients including five Chinese feminists detained earlier this year. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Nearly two weeks after Beijing launched one of its most comprehensive crackdowns on civil society in decades, at least six people remain missing – bel(...)

Optical fibre: researchers at San Diego received data after it voyaged 12,000km through cables with standard amplifiers and no electronic regenerators.

Over two billion kilometres of optical fibres have been installed worldwide, a string of glass that could be wrapped around the globe 50,000 times. I(...)

 Donald Trump  as he announces his candidacy for the US presidency:  his comments about Mexicans   have made him stand out in a crowded field of Republican candidates. Photograph:  Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

It’s hard to say what’s more shocking: the outrageous remarks property magnate Donald Trump has made since he announced his presidential candidacy or (...)

The data showed the total number of calls made by individuals who had recently lost their jobs dropped by 51 per cent following their layoffs

US data researchers have shown how mobile-phone data can be used to “quickly and accurately detect, track and predict changes in the economy at mul(...)