British prime minister Boris Johnson ‘is a smirking dilettante who fancies himself an intellectual’. File photograph: Getty

‘Stop treating all this like a game,” a frustrated Ken Clarke, veteran Tory MP, told Boris Johnson on the floor of the House of Commons recently. Cla(...)

Relaxation response: Esther Rutter in a hand-knitted bikini

In 2017 I packed in my job and set myself the challenge of knitting my way around Britain and Ireland. I’d been knitting since I was a child, and I lo(...)

Snow-covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland. File photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The hot air that smashed European weather records this week looks set to move towards Greenland and could cause record melting of the world’s second-l(...)

British  prime minister Theresa May: “It is more likely...that history will show that the backstop brought about the collapse of the May government, the succession of Boris Johnson, and perhaps a no-deal Brexit...”

Brendan Simms is the quintessential European. Raised in Ireland, the son of a German mother, he is the grand-nephew of a Irish communist who became a (...)

No Child 2020 is a new initiative by The Irish Times, providing a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues over the coming year. In(...)

A two-week restriction to three important areas at Machu Picchu was announced last Friday to prevent greater degradation to the iconic Inca citadel. Photograph: Cris Bouroncle/Getty Images

Among the Inca ruins that abound in Peru, none draw nearly as many tourists as the famed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. There were more than 1.5 millio(...)

“We’ve seen a significant shift in thinking on cybersecurity over the last few years, with organisations prepared to ‘hand over the keys’ to the AI and allowing it to make the critical decisions and take action where necessary.” Photograph: Getty Images

Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to be used increasingly both to initiate and defend against cybersecurity attacks. That is according to Emily Or(...)

The ability to alter DNA using CRISPR technology and insert genes into species may not be indication of Haldane’s world becoming reality, but it raises issues about the direction in which science is heading

In 1923 the geneticist John Burdon Sanderson Haldane made a speech to the “Heretics” society at Cambridge University. He later expanded and published (...)

Dr Elaine Sullivan, chief executive of Carrick Therapeutics. Photograph: Dave Meehan

From groundbreaking deals to promising funding rounds, the winners for October, November and December of this year’s Irish Times Business Person of th(...)

David Walsh, founder and chief executive of Netwatch: merged the group he founded with two US businesses and one UK firm.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

From significant mergers to multimillion-euro asset sales and important deals, the first three winners of this year’s Irish Times Business Person of t(...)

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