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(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden at a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

Aside from the likelihood that it was misattributed, Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity was always terrible advice. “Doing the same thing over a(...)

‘The approach to knowledge in art and science is different but complementary.’ File image: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

The idea that science and the humanities are separate, non-overlapping spheres of learning is widely assumed. There are “two cultures”, we are told, e(...)

The first ever photo of a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. Photograph: Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)/National Science Foundation/Reuters

The first close-up picture of a black hole taken deep in space was unveiled on Wednesday. The event was awe-inspiring for the world and immensely si(...)

 A supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun is seen in an undated NASA artist’s concept illustration. Photograph:  NASA/Reuters

Scientists are expected to unveil next Wednesday the first photograph of a black hole, a breakthrough in astrophysics providing insight into celestial(...)

Tim Berners-Lee attends an event celebrating the 30th birthday of the web, at the Science Museum  in London, England. Photograph: Eamonn M McCormack/Getty Images

Last week the web turned 30. In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee’s then CERN boss Mike Sendall took a look at his proposal for a linked information management sy(...)

 Storm clouds gathering: An American Airlines Boeing  737 Max 8 aircraft approaches  Miami International Airport in  Florida amid darkening conditions  on Tuesday.  Photograph: Scott McIntyre/Bloomberg

The US Senate Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing into the fatal crashes of two Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 jets since October as a growing number of p(...)

“Cutting Ranelagh in half was just abhorrent to all the people who live here,” says Michael O’Donovan, owner of Mima Coffee Company at the Beechfield Luas stop. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Peering out from the long glass windows of his Mima cafe at the Beechwood Luas stop, there is perhaps nobody better placed to understand the value of (...)

Original painting by Sophie McKay Knight, with imagery contributed by women scientists from the University of St Andrews – part of the Chrysalis project coordinated by Mhairi Stewart.

“Why are women bad at maths?” You might remember that corny joke that did the rounds donkeys of years ago. You might even remember its punchline. It t(...)

 Study: Two or more diet drinks a day increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and the chances of  an early death. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Two or more diet drinks a day increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and the likelihood of an early death, research suggests. A large study invol(...)

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