The Unesco-listed ancient Roman site in Baalbek, Lebanon:  lacks the  tourists such an attraction would draw  elsewhere. Photograph: Joseph O’Connor

I should have known when I contacted the Palmyra Hotel in Baalbek before my visit to Lebanon that, for the proprietors, it was business as usual. Afte(...)

TCD professor emeritus David Berman: ‘I was about six or seven when I had what is sometimes described as an “I am me” experience.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

A few weeks ago, this column explored that ancient puzzle “How do you know you actually exist?”, one of the defining questions of philosophy. In doin(...)

Ronnie O’Brien playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Maridoe is one of the newest and most difficult golf courses in America. A gargantuan Dallas track that stretches nearly 8,000 yards from the back tee(...)

Getting ratty. Geoffroy Boulard, mayor of Paris’s 17th arrondissement, has organised vigilantes to hunt down rodents in his district. And rats are likely to be an issue in municipal elections next March.

During a recent visit from California, my big brother Bob used his jet lag to go for late night cigar-smoking walks along the Seine. “You wouldn’t be(...)

Prof Didier Queloz of Cambridge University at a press conference in London after he jointly won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss scientists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for wo(...)

 The Grubb coelostat and Einstein lens with PhD student Maria Koutoulak. The coelostat will go on display. File photograph: Mark Stedman

Ireland’s role in major astronomical discoveries of the past century is being recognised with a travelling exhibition that arrives in Dublin this week(...)

Goethe House, Weimar: at its best, the republic enshrined human rights and, at its worst, left ajar a door to the instability that aided Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. Photograph:  Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Germany’s far-right populists are on the rise, as are random, violent street killings. People are dizzy with the potential – and danger – of new mass (...)

Pat Norris in Houston, Texas in 1968: ‘The big draw for me was the huge salary, the shirt-sleeve winters, the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, and Houston’s varied cultural scene’

I left UCD in the early 1960s with a maths and physics degree, which helped me find work as a support contractor to Nasa in Houston later that decade.(...)

The results of experiments performed during the solar eclipse in May 1919 transformed Albert Einstein overnight into an iconic figure of science. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

This week, one of the most famous experiments of 20th century science will be celebrated at an international conference in Paris. On May 29th, 1919, t(...)

During the eclipse, Crommelin operated the telescope loaned by the Royal Irish Academy, and it was his photographs which actually confirmed Einstein’s theory. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Most Irish people today are aware that astronomy thrived in Ireland during the 19th century, thanks to the enthusiasm of a number of prominent wealthy(...)

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