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Cannabis plants being cultivated legally in a greenhouse in Switzerland. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Remember what Gordon Gekko said in the film Wall Street? “Weed, for lack of a better word, is good. Weed is right. weed works.” Okay, that’s not so mu(...)

The Irish startup presence at SXSW 2019 Interactive appeared low key. In the four years since opening Ireland House - an Irish diplomatic and economic(...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook is openly gay and also on great terms with one of the most conservative US presidents the country has elected in decades. Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

For members of the LGBTQ community trying to make it in business and tech, acceptance in a straight man’s world is an additional challenge that must b(...)

A new mission hopes  to one day form the basis for a contingency plan to save humanity from the fate of the dinosaurs.  File photograph: Getty Images

A select group of scientists, astronomers and engineers have been meeting in Laurel County, Maryland, weekly to plan an unprecedented space mission. T(...)

Demonstrators take part in the March for Science in Washington, DC in April              2018.  Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

The United States still leads the world in science and technology innovation, even if its current leaders think Boyle’s law is some obscure piece of l(...)

 Eight border wall prototypes on display in California, US. File photograph: Josh Haner/The New York Times

Competition is heating up in the race for the “mother of all” construction projects, as the shortlist of construction firms competing for the US gover(...)

Texas, the state synonymous with oil and gas, has become the leading supplier of wind energy in the United States.

Ignore the vapid efforts by the US administration to resurrect antiquated energy industries like coal. Economies of scale have provided wind and solar(...)

He Jiankui guides a laboratory staff member at the Direct Genomics lab in Shenzhen,  China. The scientist has claimed to have  created the world’s first gene-edited twin baby girls, ‘Lulu’ and ‘Nana’, whose genetic alterations could make them immune to HIV. Photograph: VCG via Getty Images

News that Chinese scientist He Jiankui successfully applied new gene-editing technology to create genetically modified human embryos immune to the HIV(...)

A self-driving Volvo which Uber was testing crashed in Arizona last year.

When assessing who is more prone to be sceptical of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, age is not a significant factor. Generation Z (...)

As the algorithms come to know us so well, every process request and application  will be determined by the algorithm, not by the human. Photograph: iStock

Studying philosophy may be about to pay off. Unlike the more utilitarian subjects like law or engineering, the conceptual world of Kant, Mill, or even(...)

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