“When asked questions such as ‘Can sound smash a wine glass?’, students developed strategies without a lab manual to follow.” Photograph: Thinkstock

One of the strongest predictors of a science student’s academic performance is their level of engagement with their learning. There is considerable(...)

Ashley Judd: supporters of a basketball team posted tweets calling Judd a ‘whore’ and threatening her with sexual violence. Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Should we worry about Ashley Judd setting the cops on a bunch of Twitter-happy knuckleheads? There are certainly greater threats to the global communi(...)

Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple arrives to speak with Gary Cohn, president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs Group (r) at the Goldman Sachs Technology And Internet Conference in San Francisco, California on Tuesday. Cook told the audience that he doesn’t believe “ in such laws as laws of large numbers”. (Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

An onstage interview with Tim Cook on Tuesday turned into a mini-debate about mathematics that left everybody in the audience a little bit dumber. Gar(...)

Brian Williams has said he is stepping aside from daily news broadcasts for the next several days, after admitting that he had misled the public about being on a helicopter that was forced down in Iraq in 2003. Photograph: The New York Times

Brian Williams, acknowledging that the scrutiny and criticism he was attracting was becoming a distraction, has said he is stepping aside as anchor of(...)

Why do young men and women from Ireland, Britain and other Western countries go to fight for Islamic State, formerly known as Isis? Are they monsters?(...)

Scientists are now closer to definitively proving Einstein wrong in his early disbelief in the notion of entanglement, in which particles separated by light-years can still appear to remain connected.

Star Trek-style “beaming up” of people through space could become a reality sometime in the far future, the leader of a landmark teleportation experim(...)

Cargo ships pass the giant concrete towers which will form part of the new $2.5 billion suspension bridge during construction on the Bosporus in Poyrazkoy, near Istanbul, Turkey. The project is a key piece of a decade-long drive by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to create what he calls a new Turkey. Photograph: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is riding high again, after his AK Party’s success at recent polls. The country’s most successful leader (...)

‘None of us works anything like as hard as we think we do. According to studies in the US and elsewhere, people routinely overestimate their working hours by at least 10 per cent.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Last week I filled in a form that asked me how many hours I worked every week. I stared at it blankly. It’s a pretty basic question, and I ought to(...)

Istanbul’s iconic Bosphorus Bridge linking Asia and Europe

Turkey has arrived. After years of rhetoric and promises, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has unveiled Istanbul’s Marmaray Metro, (...)

Boost your omega-3s by eating oily fish like mackerel

Eating fish on a Friday used to be common practice in Ireland, and it’s a tradition worth reviving. Fish offer a useful source of protein, and if you (...)