Since I became a grandad, the sounds of Friday night have subtly changed in our house. November is Food Month in The Irish Times. You will (...)

Modern society wouldn’t exist without science. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Science is pervasive. It’s what led to your existence, sustains your life and enables new technologies (including the smartphone you may be reading th(...)

Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron and Jo Swinson, local candidate for East Dunbartonshire, with activists  on the general election campaign trail. Photograph:   Victoria Jones/PA

If elections were won on street signs, there would be little doubt about the result in Milgnavie. A succession of neat hedgerows along the main road i(...)

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You know that look. The one your wife gives you when you tell her your plans to scoot off to France to watch Ireland play in Euro 2016. The brows fur(...)

Leinster full-back Rob Kearney at the launch of the ‘Head On’ concussion management programme in February. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

‘Tackle him, Winter!” bellowed my schoolmaster from the touchline. A pupil at Belfast Royal Academy, where obedience was prized and rugby demanded a (...)

Scottish writer and acclaimed poet William McIlvanney. Photograph: Getty Images

William McIlvanney, who has died aged 79, grew into the title “the godfather of tartan noir” – the term for Scottish crime fiction – though it was not(...)

After meeting at work events over the course of a year, Anne (38), communications manager with Barnardos Northern Ireland and Stephen (35), directo(...)

The Pitch Drop experiment

Later this year a big black blob of sticky pitch will plummet from a funnel and plop into a beaker. In one of the longest-running physics exper(...)