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We could be so much more advanced in Stem research if we could overcome the archaic patriarchal legacies dominating so many fields of expertise. Photograph: Getty Images

Oxford linguistic philosopher J L Austin was invited to give a guest lecture at Columbia University in New York 25 years ago. Known for his expertise (...)

Schools won’t start back for more than a month but the lead-in time is long

It can’t be back to school time already, can it? No, not really. Schools won’t start back for more than a month, but as with most everything nowadays (...)

The damaged statue of Dr Patrick Leahy in Thurles, Co Tipperary, covered over on Friday. The head appears to have been knocked off violently rather than carefully removed

Residents of Thurles, Co Tipperary, have been left dumbfounded by a “wanton act of vandalism” on a 19th-century statue of the town’s celebrated former(...)

A modest food, but a fresh, plainly prepared egg can be soul steadying and deeply fortifying. Photograph: Getty

I need to construct a new henhouse and this time I ought to properly consider its design. I built our first for my wife’s birthday – not overwhelmingl(...)

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has even straightened slightly thanks to engineering work to save the world-renowned tourist attraction. File photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Stabilisation work means the Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning slightly less than it used to, experts have said. The tower, which has leaned to one s(...)

Victims of the bridge collapse, Roberto Robbiano, Ersilia Piccinino, and their son, Samuele. Photograph: Facebook

As shock gave way to anger over the bridge collapse in Genoa, Italians reflected on the randomness with which the victims were selected. Within the fl(...)

Piet Hein: “The Universe may / Be as great as they say / But it wouldn’t be missed / If it didn’t exist”

This article is about nothing: nothing at all, as encapsulated in the number zero and the empty set. It took humanity millennia to move beyond the cou(...)

Giuseppe Conte, a civil lawyer and academic, who has been proposed by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League as Italy’s new prime minister.

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League have proposed Giuseppe Conte, a civil lawyer and academic, as the country’s new(...)

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Wildlife Where Harry took Meghan? Well, not exactly, but those who caught the engagement interview might remember Harry’s favourite place in the world(...)

Galileo: One of the “giants” upon whose shoulders Newton and others stood.

In 1971, astronaut David Scott, standing on the moon, dropped a hammer and a feather and found that both reached the surface at the same time. This po(...)

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