Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman and has now been cast as Cleopatra,  attending the 90th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2018. Photogaph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

What did Patty Jenkins think would happen when news emerged that she was to direct Gal Gadot as Cleopatra in a big-budget epic for Paramount? How did (...)

Some eight per cent of participants in one study were labelled ‘radically dishonest’. Illustration: Scott Menchin/The New York Times

In this age of trolls and bots and digital impostors, words like “crank” and “bully” seem impossibly antiquated, like labels from the black-and-white (...)

The testing programme at Trinity College could  help early detection of the virus among students and staff, and avoid partial or full closures of the university. File photograph: Alan Betson

Trinity College Dublin is examining plans for widespread Covid-19 testing of its 20,000 strong student and staff in a bid to prevent clusters emerging(...)

 Sumner Redstone, then chairman of Viacom in a Blockbuster store in Manhattan, New York City,  in 1998. Photograph: New York Times

In more than 50 years as a force in the media industry, Sumner Redstone clashed with his only son, his nephew, his wife, his romantic partners, his bu(...)

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump during an Independence Day celebration outside the White House in Washington. Photograph: Cheriss May/The New York Times

Donald Trump celebrated America’s Independence Day weekend by stoking divisions over a perceived culture war and dismissing the two most immediate thr(...)

A clear wallet and its contents used in a study of how people in 40 countries decided to return, or not return, lost wallets. Photograph: Christian Zünd/Science/AFP/Getty Images

It’s obvious: someone finding a lost wallet is less likely to return it if money is inside, right? That’s what top economists, as well as regular peop(...)

Recently, scientists reported that brief sessions of specialised brain stimulation could reverse the steady decline in working memory, at least temporarily. Illustration: iStock

Anyone above a certain age who has drawn a blank on the name of a favourite uncle, a friend’s phone number or the location of a house key understands (...)

 Neuroscientists have shown that memory calls on a widely distributed network in the brain, and it co-ordinates those interactions through slow-frequency, thrumming rhythms called theta waves. Photograph: iStock

Anyone above a certain age who has drawn a blank on the name of a favourite uncle, a friend’s phone number or the location of a house key understands (...)

 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(...)

Republican Nancy Pelosi. The spectacle at the Capitol on Thursday, as she reclaimed the gavel, was redolent of that iconic “Breakfast Club” scene, with all its rebellious energy and zeal to fight The Man. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Lucky there’s no Saturday detention at the Capitol. Republicans – and some Democrats – would certainly make like Mr Vernon, the Breakfast Club discipl(...)

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