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The planetary transit method works through observing the tiny, tell-tale dimming of starlight in a regular, repeating pattern, which can be explained by an exoplanet repeatedly orbiting in front of its host star

The first exoplanets – planets that lie beyond our solar system – were discovered in 1992. Since then 3,946 more have been identified. But how many of(...)

Iris Murdoch,  novelist, playwright and philosopher. Photograph: Getty

I first read Iris Murdoch’s writing in 1999, shortly after her death and the Penguin reprint of her Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sea, the Sea (with(...)

“Then, I said, let us begin and create in idea a State; but the true creator is necessity, who is the mother of invention.” So wrote Plato in “The Republic”

Tuesday evening was the awards dinner for The Irish Times Innovation Awards. As chair of the judging panel, and having been involved for several years(...)

A protester in  a pill-shaped costume demonstrates against Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto by German chemicals firm Bayer outside the World Conference Centre  in Bonn. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

In numbers: Goodbye, Monsanto €54 billion Sale price on Monsanto, the controversial US pesticides maker synonymous with GM food, to German chemicals (...)

David Begg insisted however that he was ‘not an absolutist in this matter’. File photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin has challenged former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg who said he “cannot in con(...)

Many kids mindlessly fall into being a bully and if they are re-directed towards more satisfying behaviour to fill their need for power, they will leave their toxic behaviour behind and learn to be a force for good instead of evil. Illustration: Getty

School suits some children, and many kids are perfectly fine about going back to school when September arrives. The extroverted, easy-going children o(...)

Pythagoras: the mathematician in The School of Athens, by Raphael, from 1509. Photograph: Creative Commons/Wikimedia

According to Plato, a core of mathematical knowledge, later known as the quadrivium, was essential for an understanding of the universe. He outlined t(...)

Educated, or merely qualified? The two are becoming  difficult to distinguish. Photograph: iStock

In this mad drive by universities to assuage the captains of industry and cyclopean economists, it is difficult to distinguish any more between those (...)

Movement leader Richard Spencer believes the Alt-right will infiltrate mainstream American culture and politics, starting with deporting undocumented immigrants under Donald Trump. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Currently the subject of a major Twitter storm, Nick Pell’s article for The Irish Times’ website “The Alt-right: everything you need to know” omitted(...)

The Atlantis beach resort at Nassau, The Bahamas. Photograph: Getty

‘The pilot told me this is bad – says it’s the worst he’s experienced in four years.” The air hostess is talking about the storm outside, the one tha(...)

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