Charles Darwin

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 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(...)

No  weekends, no holidays – UK government adviser Dominic Cummings expects a lot from his staff. Photograph: Joss Barratt/Channel 4/PA

People say that Dominic Cummings is brilliant. The Downing Street adviser is also said to be ruthless, inspiring, bullying, a complete liability and “(...)

Researchers classify smiles as being of two types: standard smiles, where only the mouth shapes the smile, and Duchenne smiles, where the muscles around the mouth and the eyes create the smile. Photograph: iStock

Why does laughing feel so good? And is there any evidence to back up the adage “grin and bear it” – the suggestion that smiling might be good for your(...)

Charles Darwin discovered natural selection.

There are good scientific reasons to think that life exists elsewhere in the universe beyond earth, but how would we recognise alien life if we saw it(...)

The Wangi-wangi white-eye (left) and the Wakatobi white-eye (right) are very different species. Photograph: Nicola Marples and David Kelly

Two new bird species have been discovered by zoologists from Trinity College Dublin while on research trips to the Indonesian islands. The Wakatobi w(...)

The most sinister aspect of the whole thing is the way in which Brexit is a project of an ultra right wing faction of English nationalists

If Charles Darwin was still alive I suspect he may have had more than a few doubts about his theory of evolution. “Survival of the fittest” is a phras(...)

The native Irish primrose (Primula vulgaris) flowering in an Irish woodland this spring.  Photograph:  Richard Johnston

I spotted the first flush of wild primroses flowering in nearby woods a few weeks ago. Speckled along the edges of a steep, damp bank that sits beneat(...)

We’re leaving a scarlet streak across the wintry Kildare landscape, the glossy red paintwork of the Alfa Romeo standing in stark contrast to the muddy(...)

Kerry’s Gavin O’Brien tackled by Brian Fenton and Michael Fitzsimons of Dublin at the Allianz Football League division 1 match at, Austin Stack Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kerry 1-18 Dublin 2-14 Let Charles Darwin take the blame. Just when it felt like Gaelic football was somehow in danger of extinction, it finds i(...)

Charles Darwin’s cousin, Francis Galton, proposed eugenics as a science in the late 1800s

Many science writers have an unfortunate tendency to present the history of science as a Whig history – an inevitable progression of discoveries leadi(...)

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