Xu Li, chief executive of SenseTime Group, is identified by the company’s facial recognition system. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg via Getty

Microsoft has quietly pulled from the internet its database of 10 million faces, which has been used to train facial recognition systems around the wo(...)

Safi Bachall: “The Venn Diagram of people running businesses with a science background is tiny.”

Scientists are experts in failure. It’s what they do most of the time. Before they see the light of day, ideas with the potential to save lives or ot(...)

Maryam Mirzakhani was awarded a Fields Medal for her mathematical research. She died from breast cancer at the age of 40 in 2017.

The influential collection of biographical essays by Eric Temple Bell, Men of Mathematics, was published in 1937. It covered the lives of about 40 mat(...)

Dr Michelle O’Shaughnessy: ‘Being able to keep people off dialysis is a major focus.’

What kind of research do you do at Stanford? I work on kidney disease. I am both a doctor and a scientist. The clinical work and the research inform (...)

The front page of a Sri Lankan newspaper, showing coverage of the Easter Sunday blasts. Photograph: by Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP

After the horrific Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, which left hundreds dead and hundreds more injured, the government there moved to shut down acc(...)

Will your children scoff all their Easter eggs in one day or space out their consumption? Photograph: iStock.

Will your children dive into their chocolate Easter eggs this Sunday and scoff the lot before bedtime? Or will they – on your insistence perhaps – sp(...)

Project Sums, a free maths grinds club in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

For many of us it’s a badge of honour to declare: “I’m terrible at maths. I just don’t have the brain for it.” Yet, says Dr Pádraig Kirwan, head of W(...)

An affidavit from Mr Conlon was sworn in a notary’s office in Beaulieu- sur-Mer on the French Riviera on April 1st. Photograph: iStock

Convicted fraudster Peter Conlon is practising “transformative meditation”, Kriya yoga and doing 25,000 steps a day after spending a year in a Swiss p(...)

An elderly woman washes her belongings in the mud, in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, earlier this week. An area of 394sq km had been flooded in the wake of a powerful cyclone. Photograph: Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images

Today’s news production cycle is measured not in days, hours or minutes, but in seconds. The lag between an event and its coverage has almost disappea(...)

Facebook’s former chief product officer Chris Cox. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

Facebook’s chief product officer and one of its earliest employees, Chris Cox, said on Thursday he is leaving the company just days after chief execut(...)

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