The signatories are advocating that less funding emphasis be placed on economically-driven research. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. I(...)

Prime minister Li Keqiang said China will lower the annual GDP growth target to about 7 per cent from 7.5 per cent, the slowest in 22 years. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

For decades now the conventional narrative on China has been massive inflows of capital for manufacturers to take advantage of the cheap labour and ex(...)

Walter Isaacson: An essay by his daughter inspired him to write about women who were responsible for many tech innovations. photograph: vanessa vick/the new york times

While spending the summer of 2007 in Aspen, Colorado, Walter Isaacson and his wife, Cathy, spent much of their waking moments hounding their daughter (...)

Learning the ropes: graduates from the Open Training College (above), which offers adult learning in human services and the non-profit sector
The A to Z of adult education

Access: Not everyone got the Leaving Cert they wanted. Mature students missed the chance to attend college. Students with disabilities and students fr(...)

Wall Street: For junior employees at investment banks, landing a job with a private equity firm can mean moving to the middle of a Wall Street war

A battle is raging on Wall Street as never before, with powerful factions scrambling for control of a precious resource. On one side are the giant inv(...)

S&P calculates that almost four in five US stock fund managers fail to beat broader indexes Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

It’s become one of the toughest sells of a fund manager: pay a fee to underperform the rest of the market.Over the last three years, S&P calculate(...)

Gerry McCartney, vice president for IT and chief information officer, Purdue University, Indiana

It’s a long journey from joining the Christian Brothers to becoming one of the leading technology innovators in the US, but then Gerry McCartne(...)

Inventor and entrepreneur James Dyson  is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner. Photograph: Derek Hudson/Getty Images

Excellence in design and innovation is the solution to Ireland’s troubled economy, students at Trinity College heard today at the launch of the(...)

Can giving be bad for you? Yes, if you’re giving to the wrong people, according to Prof Adam Grant of the University of Pennsylvania.Generally speakin(...)

Book review: Can China Lead?

Here, three senior US academics who have spent a lot of time studying China argue that China is at an inflection point, with changes in its economic p(...)