French economist Thomas Piketty: ‘The profits of big global companies must be declared on a global level.’ Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times

Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz are celebrity economists with a mission to bend capitalism from its liberal, deregulated, inequality-generating tra(...)

Try to set your alarm for when you actually need to wake up. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Prepare the night before Prepare what you can the night before, says Dr Hazel Wallace, the author of The Food Medic – from your packed lunch to layin(...)

The  most important advice: Do not check your sleep data on a regular basis. Photograph: Andrey Popov/iStock

For the last two weeks, I’ve added an extra step to my bedtime routine – strapping a computer around my wrist. The new nightly move was prompted by a(...)

    Prof Alex (Archie)Thompson (retired), Emeritus Professor Luke Drury, DIAS, Hillary O’Donnell (former technician) at the launch at Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies of the programme of events for July to mark the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Apollo 11 has a very special place in the history of Irish space research. Irish hands were among the first to take possession and evaluate moon rock (...)

I have always thought the office toilet was more important than one might think and last week I found some research that backs up my hunch

For the past two months I have stopped doing something at work that I thought I would do for ever. I no longer flush the loo. Nor does anyone else in(...)

Dr Nicholas Weaver of the University of California, Berkeley, believes the cryptocurrency and blockchain space is “one big fraud”. Illustration: Dado Ruvic

Since Facebook announced plans for its own Internet of Money with the introduction of digital currency Libra by 2020, people have been queuing around (...)

A microbot alongside a paramecium. These robots are the size of a speck of dust and could be used for a number of tasks, from cleaning smartphone batteries to studying our brains. Photograph:   Kenneth Chang

Like Frankenstein, Marc Miskin’s robots initially lie motionless. Then their limbs jerk to life. But these robots are the size of a speck of dust. Th(...)

Gatorade has  created a patch that it claims will let you know you’re dehydrated by simply looking at it.

Someday soon, perhaps within a year, you’ll be able to slap a soft, stretchy patch on to your arm that tells you if you’re dehydrated. Or that your el(...)

“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(...)

Kanye West has billed this week’s Yeezy release as his brand’s “largest drop ever” in a bid to “democratise” access to the $220 shoes.  Photograph: PA Wire

This Friday will see two iconic consumer products go head-to-head on shopping streets for the first time. The launch of the largest and most expensiv(...)

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