Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein in 1944: his theory of general relativity describes how the large-scale universe works in terms of space, time and gravity. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Possibly the most fundamental of all philosophical questions was first asked by Gottfried Leibniz in 1697 – “Why is there something rather than nothin(...)

Electrolysis: Researchers at Trinity have found that  something unexpected   happens when you take a  really close look –  tiny bubbles   form  that have surprising properties. Illustration: Woodcut engraving (1877)/Getty

A remarkable discovery was made in a laboratory at Trinity College Dublin about a year ago, one that may change all our lives in the future. Or maybe (...)

Eric Ladizinsky: “We have come a long way in a very short period of time. That is the goal, to become self sustaining”

A strange new kind of computer is under development that is almost too complex to describe. It will have unimaginable power and will easily outperform(...)