Army Ranger Wing members demonstrate their skills and equipment at the Curragh Camp in Co Kildare: the highly-trained unit is considered one of the best in the European Union. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Hill of Allen in west Kildare, the fabled seat of ancient warrior Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Fianna, has become an almost sacred site for Ireland’(...)

In this kind of human DNA editing, genetic effects are passed on from one generation to the next. Illustration: iStock

On November 25th, 2018, Henry Greely turned on his computer to find an email which read “Crispr babies”. The mail was a link to a story at the MIT Tec(...)

Top Gear: isn’t quite working

I imagine the BBC rues the day Jeremy Clarkson hit an Irishman for failing to bring him hot meats. They had to fire Clarkson after that and Top Gear n(...)

The world has a technology problem. By that, I mean that we currently lack the technology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. W

The world has a technology problem. By that, I mean that we currently lack the technology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. We don’t have a cheap(...)

Stephen Shannon and Sinéad Gleeson performing together.

My husband says he has a proposal for me. That he wants my help. I am in the middle of a year of all kinds of mayhem – my debut book has been publishe(...)

A microbot alongside a paramecium. These robots are the size of a speck of dust and could be used for a number of tasks, from cleaning smartphone batteries to studying our brains. Photograph:   Kenneth Chang

Like Frankenstein, Marc Miskin’s robots initially lie motionless. Then their limbs jerk to life. But these robots are the size of a speck of dust. Th(...)

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

Frankenstein’s monster, from the imagination of author Mary Shelley, scared the daylights out of people when the film hit the screens in 1931. It told(...)

There is little that Brexit does not touch. The Bill even includes a measure to continue to protect the pilots of ships steering boats into the State’s harbours and ports should the UK leave without a deal

It is the law nobody wants to cope with a problem the Government wishes it did not have; it is legislation the Government hopes will never have to be (...)

 A Knightscope security robot at the company’s showroom in Manhattan. Are we secretly terrified that robots will take our jobs? Upend our societies? Control our every move with their ever-expanding capabilities and air of quiet malice? Photograph: The New York Times

Tchhiking robot was beheaded in Philadelphia. A security robot was punched to the ground in Silicon Valley. Another security bot, in San Francisco, wa(...)

DUP Leader Arlene Foster: Said there was “no party narrative” by the DUP to discredit former minister Jonathan Bell over the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme controversy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said there was no strategy by her party to deflect attention from its alleged involvement in delays in ending overspendin(...)

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