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The hugely successful writer Dan Brown advises on ideas, locations, research, suspense and dialogue. Photograph: Juan Naharro Gimenez/WireImage

The piano music is insistent, melodramatic. The scene begins under a vaulted ceiling and medieval candelabra reminiscent of the Great Hall in Game of (...)

Biology teacher Sinead Reilly from O’Connell School in Dublin playing ‘guess the organ’ during a ‘blood and guts’ demonstration with pupils from Dublin 7 Educate Together National School in Grangegorman. as part of  Schools Science Day. Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

The Dumbledore method of turning water to wine, blood and guts in the form of a pig’s organs clearly impressed the young audience at Schools Science D(...)

Protests on the streets of London. At the time of writing, no one knows what’s going on regarding Brexit, a statement that is, to be fair, quite likely to still apply at the time of reading too. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

In numbers: More shares, Gromit? 140 Employees of animation studio Aardman, makers of Wallace & Gromit, who will share in a 75 per cent stake in(...)

Brazil’s soccer team trains using Statsports technology. The company has developed a wearable device that measures a player’s training or game performance in real-time.
The numbers game

Achieving that elusive extra 1 per cent of performance has become a watchword for elite sports, and technology is the tool of choice to mine for those(...)

Artist’s impression of “BepiColombo” spacecraft approaching Mercury. Photograph: Airbus2017/PA Wire.
How to get to Mercury

The third-ever mission to the planet Mercury is under way. BepiColombo was launched aboard the European Space Agency’s most powerful rocket, the Arian(...)

“The most important advice I can give people who are struggling with sleep, or want to get good-quality sleep, is to keep it regular,” says Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience at the University of California and the author of Why We Sleep.

Do you wake up to the sound of birdsong or an electronic ringtone? Perhaps you use a dawn simulator or an app that won’t stop beeping until you have w(...)

The Ariane 5 rocket carrying the BepiColombo spacecraft lifts off from its launch pad at Kourou in French Guiana in the early hours of Saturday. Photograph: JM Guillon/2018 ESA-CNES-Arianespace via AP.

A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to examine the solar system’s smallest and least-explored planet(...)

US president Donald Trump has said climate change is not a hoax, but may ‘change back’. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump has backed off his claim that climate change is a hoax but said he does not know if it is man-made. In an interview with 60(...)

US pastor Andrew Brunson in July 2018. Brunson told the court on Friday: “I am an innocent man. I love Jesus, I love Turkey.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The American evangelical Christian pastor at the centre of a row between Ankara and Washington arrived at his home in Turkey on Friday after a Turkis(...)

Ryan Reynolds talks  about ‘Deadpool’ role in Talks at Google podcast

One of the perks of working for Google is the long-running Talks at Google series featuring interesting, entertaining and inspiring speakers from all (...)

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