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(...)

And you are? Angela Merkel may be OK at recognising faces but don’t ask her to park the BMW. Photograph: AP

Well, thank goodness that’s sorted. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have proved that women are genetically predisposed to chatting and me(...)

Photograph issued by National Academy of Sciences of brain networks showing significantly increased within hemispheres in males (upper) and between hemispheres in females (lower). Intra-hemispheric connections are shown in blue, and inter- hemispheric connections are shown in orange.  Photograph: PA

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of ma(...)