A soft robot designed in the form of a salamander  on display at the National University of Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Robots are getting softer. Borrowing from nature, some machines now have arms that curl and grip like an octopus; others wriggle their way inside an a(...)

Free speech on college campuses is under threat from advancing political correctness, which increasingly dictates that the right not to be offended is given priority over freedom of speech. File photograph: iStock

Robust debate, challenging ideas, dissenting opinion and free speech. These are the central tenets of campus life - helping young people to broaden t(...)

DUP East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson who has said that women who want to breastfeed in the Chamber of the House of Commons when other alternatives are available are exhibitionists. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Women who want to breastfeed in the chamber of the House of Commons when other alternatives are available are exhibitionists, East Antrim MP Sammy Wil(...)

Walter Heitler: a former professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

When Éamon de Valera created the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) 75 years ago on this day in 1940, he was accused of doing so as a van(...)

Illustration: Michael Viney

The eyrie of my Dublin bachelorhood, back in the 1960s, was a dinky pad carved out of a roof space high at the heart of Ballsbridge. It looked up to t(...)

For each school, a progression     rate is calculated by dividing      the number of pupils who accepted a college place last September by the number of pupils who sat the Leaving Cert

School league tables lie at the heart of an ideological struggle over how best to educate our children. In England, parents can easily compare aver(...)

Elementary my dear Watson

It is to Emily Watson’s credit that I enter the room unmolested by any preconceptions as to her personality. She’s not any sort of chameleon. Ms Wa(...)

(From left) Gavin Sheehan, James Plumley, Alan Morgan and Josh Taylor after rowing around Britain in a record breaking just over 26 days. Photograph: PA

Gavin Sheehan’s hands are “in ribbons” and he doesn’t want to see a wet sleeping bag again, but the Irish oarsman who helped set a new record for rowi(...)

Chemical investigations suggest that raw material for Ireland’s prehistoric gold hoard may have been sourced from near neighbours. An alternati(...)

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