Cleaning up  The Jungle, a homeless camp of some 350 tents and shacks in San Jose. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

When I lived in Silicon Valley, I was struck by the region’s income disparity and by the lack of compassion wealthy tech workers sometimes displayed t(...)

A marbled salamander moves through the forest litter on its way to a nearby pond to breed. Its distribution and range are increasing in response to warming winter temperatures. Credit: Mark Urban

One in six of the planet’s species are likely to disappear if climate change continues unchecked, according to fresh research. The losses will be part(...)

Werner Nahm: left California for a professorship at Bonn University, but then moved to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Renaissance man” seems a fair enough description for someone who can read Babylonian cuneiform writing, speak Mandarin Chinese, translate texts fr(...)

“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(...)

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(...)