Kristen Worley and professional golfer and trans rights campaigner Mianne Bagger address guests during a Speak Out event. Photograph: Don Arnold/WireImage

Everyone knows it’s hard to be the first. The first to stand up and speak, the first to stand up and be different, the first to stand up and ask to be(...)

President Michael D Higgins hosting the first in a series of Machnamh 100 seminars at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph:  Maxwells

Irish republicans during the War of Independence were capable of reprisals and atrocities, and the British forces were not alone in this, President Mi(...)

A spokesman for the President Michael D Higgins said Machnamh is the president’s biggest initiative this year and into early next year.

President Michael D Higgins is to host a series of seminars to examine the legacy of the War of Independence, Civil War and partition. In the series,(...)

The work in full.  Photograph: Anne Hansteen/Vincent van Gogh

After decades of doubt, a gloomy self-portrait has been authenticated as a genuine work by Vincent van Gogh and the only known work painted while he h(...)

Twisting two euro coin with the knuckles, close-up composition isolated over the white background

Pick a sport, any sport – and practise What exactly do you want to improve your reflexes for? If it’s for a specific sport, you’re off to a good star(...)

Patrick Conway: ‘I didn’t have a lick of Korean before I landed here in March 2007.’

Learning a new language can seem like a mammoth challenge, but for those who are really intent on developing fluency, nothing beats full immersion by (...)

Chinese  president Xi Jinping during a visit to Huawei Technologies: Beijing’s leadership is driving national policies to build globally competitive companies but there is   no such vision  among   European leaders. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg/Getty

My first job, after leaving University, was as a junior official in the European Commission in Brussels. It was 1983, and I joined the task force of t(...)

“The group of microorganisms resident in our gut is known as the gut microbiota. It is a diverse ecosystem of bacteria and other microbes that has a really complex interaction with its host, ie ourselves.”

Who doesn’t enjoy a good old bodily fluid exchange? Well, you might think twice about it if you were told that the bodily fluid in question would be f(...)

Someone writing the code for a 3D manufacturing process is improving productivity by a higher percent than the 3%  annual growth we’ve traditionally seen in manufacturing

To understand secular stagnation, with its low inflation and low growth, look first at the growth of the information economy and the expansion of inta(...)

Objects on display in the exhibition, Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. File photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

A priceless collection of gold artifacts from Crimea that was on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia seized the peninsula must be returned to Ukraine a(...)

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