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‘Anguish is everywhere in this exhilarating show’. Head VI by Francis Bacon (1949). (Detail) Man and Beast exhibition, Royal Academy, London.

At London’s Oxford Circus Tube station the concertinaed gates had been temporarily drawn closed, the platforms below too congested to take any more co(...)

Joint European Torus (JET), the largest and most powerful operational reactor called a tokamak, has produced a world record total of 59mJ of heat energy from fusion over a five second period. Photograph: EUROfusion/PA Wire

Fusion energy is a “huge step” closer after a landmark experiment produced world record results and demonstrated its potential to deliver safe and sus(...)

David Hockney: ‘I’m teaching the French how to paint Normandy.’ Photograph: Nathanael Turner/New York Times

“I think it looks terrific,” says David Hockney. “It’s all on one theme, isn’t it? And there’s not many exhibitions like that, really, a show all abou(...)

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(...)

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