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Francis Bacon in his early twenties photo by Francis Julian Gutmann, Courtesy MB Art Collection

Extraordinary, ground-breaking, devastating. Decadent, verbally vicious, and a loyal and generous friend. He was the toast of the art world and maker (...)

Leonhard Euler revolutionised mathematics, greatly extending its boundaries. He was inexhaustible: no other mathematician has been so prolific

Mathematicians are an odd bunch. Isaac Newton was decidedly unpleasant, secretive and resentful while Carl Friedrich Gauss, according to several biogr(...)

Bump produces encrypted data so employers can monitor movement and interactions. If an employee tests positive for Covid-19, the device  will enable track and trace at workplace level within minutes

It is, Brian Palmer admits, slightly uncomfortable to talk about how well your company is doing when others are struggling to survive in the face of a(...)

Patrick MacDowell: he devoted himself mainly to sculpting portrait busts and what art historians refer to as “ideal subjects”

Ireland has produced some notable sculptors, one of the finest of whom was Patrick MacDowell, who died 150 years ago on December 9th. Although he work(...)

There are many ways in which David Hockney is a prescient genius, but how could he have predicted lockdown? Hockney has been mainly famous for his por(...)

If you were christened “Michael Angelo”, as was Michael Angelo Hayes, who was born 200 years ago on July 25th, the chances are probably reasonable to (...)

Oliver Peyton’s new venture, the Exit Here funeral home

A ritual that is as old as time itself needed a makeover, says London-Irish restaurateur Oliver Peyton. The Sligo man who ruled 1990s London nightlife(...)

‘Our younger son went through a Jackson Pollack phase and a small but punchy abstract expressionist daub of his is in full, public view.’

For years I’ve watched my personal space slowly shrink in inverse proportion to my sons’ growth and I’ve finally been supplanted from my last little n(...)

BP’s incoming chief executive is Listowelnative Bernard Looney.

Irishman Bernard Looney has been named as incoming chief executive of oil giant BP, the second time this week that an Irish person has taken over at a(...)

Confusion over trying to guess where Brexit is likely to dump us all serves to undermine the UK’s ability to attract talent. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A no-deal Brexit looks set to undermine the UK’s position as a world leader in international research and is already starting to cause damage accordin(...)

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