An undated handout image provided by Lego shows Lego bricks featuring the shapes of Braille dots and the corresponding letter, number or punctuation symbol. Photograph: Lego via The New York Times

A new effort is underway to help blind and visually impaired children more naturally learn to read Braille, a system based on different configurations(...)

Peter Sellers in  Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick’s biting cold war satire which is re-issued in cinemas next week some 55 years after its initial theatrical run, is ar(...)

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(...)

In 2018, Amazon Web Services was a $25.6 billion dollar revenue company, and its technology supports some of the biggest businesses in the world. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images

“This what I tell all my clients.” Werner Vogels is holding up a T-shirt that reads: “Encrypt everything”. Amazon’s chief technology officer and vice(...)

US president Donald Trump says he is doing ‘very well’ with China. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA

US president Donald Trump has said he will extend a deadline to escalate tariffs on Chinese imports, citing “substantial progress” in weekend talks be(...)

Image made available by Nasa shows the planet Saturn, as seen from the Cassini spacecraft. Photograph: Nasa/JPL/Space Science Institute via AP

Saturn’s rings are one of our solar system’s magnificent sights, but they may be a relatively recent addition, according to data obtained from Nasa’s (...)

Prof Séamus Davis graduated with  a BSc in Physics at UCC in 1983 and has since gone on to become a leading global figure in the field of quantum matter. Photograph: Clare Keogh

The first in a series of world-class academic appointments aimed at capitalising on Brexit and uncertainty in the US is to be announced on Wednesday. (...)

Religious writer Thomas Merton, pictured in the late 1930s. File photograph: Getty Images

Fifty years ago next Monday, Thomas Merton was found dead in his room near Bangkok, where he had been the main speaker at an international monastic co(...)

The Republic scores highly in areas such as ICT exports and FDI net flows, but less well in terms of factors including spending on education and knowledge transfer.

Ireland remains one of the world’s most innovative economies, according to a new report which ranks Switzerland in first place. Overall, 11 of the to(...)

US President Donald Trump . Photograph:Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Donald Trump’s administration on Friday imposed new tariffs on $34bn of annual imports from China as the US president threatened to extend levies to (...)

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