Kathleen Lonsdale: the pioneering scientist, pacifist and prison reformer was born on January 28th, 1903, in Newbridge, Co Kildare

Kathleen Lonsdale, X-ray crystallographer, pacifist and prison reformer, was an outstanding scientist who had a number of firsts for female scientists(...)

The scientists also warn that the melting of ice in these quantities is now seriously reducing the planet’s ability to reflect solar radiation back into space. Photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP

A total of 28 trillion tonnes of ice have disappeared from the surface of the Earth since 1994. That is the stunning conclusion of UK scientists who h(...)

What you order, and how you eat it, can play a major part in how successful, or otherwise, a date is. Photographs: iStock

What are the secrets to a successful dinner date? For an activity that, in basic terms, involves little more than sitting down to a meal and not menti(...)

Ian Duhig with brothers Kevin (left) and Adrian and sister Geraldine in about 1962

Ian Duhig’s parents emigrated to England in the 1950s in search of a better life. In this essay, he looks at growing up IN London under the influen(...)

Kathleen Lonsdale (photographed in 1943) was made professor of chemistry at University College London in 1949, the first woman professor at the university. Photograph: The Irish Times

A new weekly series for Irish Times Abroad profiles an Exraordinary Emigrant from Irish history, based on entries from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dicti(...)

The first edition of JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ has been sold at an auction in New York to an anonymous bidder for £137,000.

A first edition of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit has been sold at an auction in New York to an anonymous bidder for £137,000 – twice what it was expected t(...)

Alt-J: “We get to go home after touring to live completely normal lives, and then go back on tour to play at being rock stars. It’s incredible, and we’re hoping that’ll continue for a long time,”

Sudden success doesn’t always translate into sudden rushes of blood to the head – not if you’re a member of Alt-J, anyway. It seems that the remaining(...)

Frank Golden came to be recognised as a worldwide authority on sea survival and was invited to lecture in a multitude of countries to naval, aviation, scientific and recreational groups.

Frank Golden, who has died aged 77, was a Cork-born doctor who became a leading international expert on marine safety and survival at sea.The sixth of(...)

Undated picture of murdered British student Meredith Kercher. Raffaele Sollecito, the young Italian accused with his former girlfriend Amanda Knox of murdering her in 2007, appealed to a court today to dismiss the “absurd” charges

Raffaele Sollecito, the young Italian accused with his former girlfriend Amanda Knox of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in 2007, appealed (...)

Amanda Knox (26), has always denied murdering Meredith Kercher in 2007, when both were university exchange students in Perugia, Italy, and she told US television earlier this month that “common sense” told her not to return to Italy for the retrial. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The retrial of Amanda Knox for the murder of her British roommate in 2007 opens in Florence today, refocusing international attention on the sensation(...)

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