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 A 16th-century fresco depicting Noah’s ark in the Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, Milan. Photograph: Getty Images

I was alarmed to read this week, in a leaked document listing Fine Gael’s 10 policy priorities for its agreement with Fianna Fáil, that a number of “a(...)

 Neil Innes collaborated with Monty Python and played with The Rutles. Photograph: Luke Ford/PA Wire

Monty Python collaborator and Rutles singer Neil Innes has died at the age of 75, his agent has confirmed. The comedian and musician died unexpectedl(...)

If the US is any guide the UK’s fiscal position is set to deteriorate markedly while the bond market quietly snoozes in the corner. Photograph: iStock

Back in the dark days of the financial crisis Irish taxpayers learned to their cost that policymakers are terrified of bond markets. Bonds do affect p(...)

A favourite book store: Bob Johnston at his Gutter  Bookshop. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rick O’Shea I know I tell this story often these days, but my love of books started and grew with trips I made most weekends in to Eason’s on O’Conne(...)

Alan Turing, the cryptanalyst who broke German codes during the second World War, noted in 1945 that the world would need a great deal of mathematicians because of complexity involved in programming machines.

Some 75 years ago, there were but a few electromechanical computers worldwide, used to break military encryption. Even just 40 years ago, at that time(...)

Celebrations at the Aviva.  But we are not a people who do well with being told we’re the best in the world at anything. We all know this to be true.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

It will have occurred to many who take this newspaper of a morning that Saturday night’s stirring victory over New Zealand was, by all the usual measu(...)

A Google sign in Shanghai, China, September 17th, 2018. Reuters/Aly Song

When you google Google’s birthday the results are confusing. On September 15th 1997 the oracle that has made us all-knowing all of the time (and simul(...)

 David Clifford  squeezes the ball past the Monaghan defence and goalkeeper Rory Beggan in Clones. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

The football final appears in front of us like a grubby-faced child that nobody has the heart to go at with a wipe. A foregone conclusion at the end o(...)

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”: Adams took 1970s and 1980s preoccupations and turned them into a layered, profound, imaginative and hilarious story that transcended the era.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is 40 years old. How do we know its popularity could yet outlast the dessert course at the Restaurant at the End (...)

The equations of Brexit could be solved with the addition of some dark matter. One possibility involves Brussels reneging on its Irish Border commitments. That’s something the Brexiteers are hoping will soon pop into existence

Just before his death, Stephen Hawking apparently repudiated some of his views about time. He used to think that time didn’t have either a beginning o(...)

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