A Russian T-14 Armata main battle tank.  “Military advisers tell me it looks at least 10 years ahead of any other tank on the planet. It can be remote controlled at the moment, but they’re rushing to make  it fully autonomous so it can go out on its own.” Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is not looking to prevent the rise of Robocop. It has no plans to crush the (convincing yet CGI) robot from Bosstow(...)

Women smokers have a significantly higher increased risk compared to men, according to new research.

Women smokers have a significantly higher increased risk compared to men, according to new research in the UK. The findings, led by Sheffield Teachin(...)

Pope Francis at  St Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has approved changes to the wording of the Lord’s Prayer. Instead of saying “lead us not into temptation”, it will now say “do not let us(...)

Prof Terence Dolan: Expert in medieval English literature and author of the celebrated Dictionary of Hiberno-English. Photograph: Frank Miller/Irish Times

Prof Terence Dolan, English academic and radio expert on all manner of phraseology and word use, has died following a long battle with illness. A fo(...)

Pepi Nana and Mr Onion in Moon and Me. Photograph: BBC

We’ve not even started watching Moon and Me, the new CBeebies show by Teletubbies creator Andrew Davenport, and it’s already a hit in our house. “I n(...)

French singer Severine reads the Sunday Independent newspaper in her hotel on 4th April, the day after she won the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Un banc, un arbre, une rue’ for Monaco in Dublin, Ireland on 3rd April 1971. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Revisiting another facet of the colourful history of print journalism in Ireland would hardly justify even a faint cry of “Hold the front page”. At le(...)

Fernando Alonso: will end his Formula One career at the end of this season. Photograph: Srdjan Suki/EPA

The former double world champion Fernando Alonso will jack in Formula 1 at the end of this season. It underlines how disposable F1 drivers are. If ar(...)

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 (...)

One of the main objectives of FireSert is to help prevent tragedies such as Grenfell Tower (above). Photograph: iStock

The need for ever more rigorous enforcement of fire-safety standards was brought into sharp focus by the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy in London and t(...)

Terry McWade, chief executive of Valitacell. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The breast cancer drug Herceptin and the rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira are breakthrough treatments in their respective areas. Both are also biologi(...)

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