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(...)

“When were atoms first discovered?” I was recently asked. The question often comes up at this time of year, as our students embark on their first cour(...)

‘Sometimes we make better choices by taking the long view, and seeing all parts of time as equally real.’ Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Science upends our everyday understanding of time. Since Albert Einstein developed his theory of special relativity no physicist speaks dogmatically o(...)

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education, unveils a portrait of  Sheila Tinney at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), watched by the late Dr Tinney’s children, Ethna, Hugh and Deirdre Tinney.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A new portrait of the mathematical physicist Dr Sheila Tinney was unveiled on Tuesday at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) by her daughters(...)

Mark Zuckerberg is empty-chaired at a House of Commons ‘grand committee’. Photograph: Gabriel Sainhas/UK parliament/AFP

Image of the week: Where’s Mark? While they neglected to follow the example of a campaigner outside who did the whole papier-maché head thing as he h(...)

Erwin Schrödinger: a very live cat. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

It was a most audacious piece of head-hunting. Just as Europe was about to be enveloped by war and the grip of Nazi Germany, then taoiseach Éamon de V(...)

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