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For centuries, citizens have been actively contributing to advancing scientific knowledge in some way. Photograph: iStock

In 2015, more than three thousand students buried tea bags in the Swedish countryside. By measuring how the weight of the tea bags changed after they (...)

‘The Irish Times’ has supported citizen science projects in recent years, including a successful national survey in 2015 to learn more about the genetics of cats. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Citizen science comes with the potential to bring a wide variety of benefits to researchers; citizens, policy makers and society in research and innov(...)

Welcome newcomer Valkyrie is given a boozed-up, kicking-out-time vigour by Tessa Thompson

The eccentric Kiwi director Taika Waititi has been set loose on Thor and – praise be! – he seems to have been allowed to do pretty much what he wishes(...)

Former US president Barack Obama leaves after he and his daughter Malia watched the revival of Arthur Miller The Price. Photographer: Christopher Lee/The New York Times)

Former US president Barack Obama has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office last month, and he largely avoided the spotlight Friday night(...)

A fikle image of actor Keira Knightley and writer/director John Carney at a press conference for  ‘Begin Again’ in 2014.  Photograph: Getty

John Carney, the director of Sing Street, Once and the Bachelors Walk TV series, has issued an unreserved apology to Keira Knightley for comments he m(...)

 Stop the Drill activists campaign in recent days against an oil drilling operation at Woodburn Forest in Carrickfergus,  Co Antrim.  Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

Woodburn forest in Co Antrim has become the focus for an environmental battle between geologists exploring for oil and local people concerned about po(...)

Race for the prize: Mad Max is  usual in that it’s a mainstream film in the best picture fight

This year, the Academy has gone for eight best picture nominees. They have finally achieved their aim of allowing a few mainstream, marquee pictures i(...)

Idris Elba holds his two Screen Actors Guild awards  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV,” Idris Elba joked on stage after winning twice at Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where minority (...)

Emma Watson has  created an online feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf

Post-Harry Potter, actor Emma Watson has shown herself to be intelligent, articulate and a champion for women’s rights. Already a goodwill ambassado(...)

In the spotlight: Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber (as Marty Baron), Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d’Arcy James in Tom McCarthy’s film. Photograph: Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films

Shortly after the Boston Globe began to break stories about sexual abuse by priests and the decades-long cover-up by the Catholic Church, in 2002, th(...)

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