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World rugby must strategically plan a new global calendar. Photograph: Jean Pierre Clatot/AFP via Getty

The economic earthquake this pandemic has created will deeply change rugby. The first tremor of the looming financial crisis in rugby was felt last w(...)

Peter Murtagh at the end of the road in southern Chile. Photograph: Marcia

The helpful woman in the ferry office had said yes. Yes, there was a ferry from Punta Arenas to Porto Williams. It would be Thursday, the day after to(...)

Albert Einstein. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

About one year ago a Twitter post dismissed something I wrote as a “typical contribution from an old white man”. This got me pondering the “dead white(...)

The UK shipping forecast celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017 and has been broadcast for almost 100 years.

Our sea area forecast may not have quite the same hypnotic appeal as the UK’s shipping forecast but it shares one particular quality with its more we(...)

‘It’s very difficult to process all this change all the time without a way of marking it, or taking a moment to reflect on it,’ says Sasha Sagan.

If you could start with a clean slate today what public holidays would you create? New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the Gregorian calendar but w(...)

British cupboard maker Plain English has a great history in playing with colour but its new collaboration with London-based writer and decorator Rita Konig, Colour Collection No 3 brings depth to its colour palette.

Colour can bring personality and depth to a room, especially in a kitchen were too many built-in units can make the space look like a thousand others.(...)

Ireland players leave the pitch following their defeat to Japan. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty

Ireland’s devastating defeat at the hands of Japan was a long time coming, for both teams. In awarding the Rugby World Cup to Japan, World Rugby had (...)

Great experiments: Prof Luke O’Neill  with Elisa Mac Gabhann (11), Sennan  (8)  and Cillian Cummins (10) at Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute. Photograph: Tom Honan

Trinity College Dublin biochemist Luke O’Neill has, with the help of illustrator Linda Fährlin, produced an excellent new book for children, The Great(...)

Francis Crick and James Watson made the greatest biological discovery of the 20th century when they solved the structure of DNA.  Photograph: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives/The New York Times

Everyone has heard of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Today I present my verdict on seven wonder discoveries in biological research, listed in(...)

 Swan lake – where the gossamer gleamed.

Abroad on a calm and meditative morning, walking a path between damp hedges, the faintest, softest touch on my cheek confirmed that it was autumn. I h(...)

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