John Holden

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Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters in Salt Lake City, Utah, US. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The South Carolina caucus may be seen as a setback for democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Still he remains in a strong position to win th(...)

We wouldn’t deny a farmer’s right to use a plough on the grounds that the tool is replacing workers. Artificial intelligence is simply a more sophisticated plough.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We wouldn’t deny a farmer’s right to use a plough on the grounds that the tool is replacing workers. Artificial intelligence (AI) is simply a more sop(...)

Medically inclined mathematicians are few and far between. Of those that are around, however, quite a few have been trying to crack the code on the Big C. Photograph: iStock

In 1961 American president John F Kennedy predicted the United States would send a man to the moon within a decade. Exactly 10 years after that, pres(...)

GDPR will be remembered as one of the most laudable actions the EU has ever taken on behalf of its citizens. File photograph: Getty

The success of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a legislative firewall against the exploitation of individuals’ digital rights to privacy (...)

Steam escaping from a fumarole in a geothermal area  in Iceland. File photograph: Adrian Studer/Getty Images

If the tools to fix the global environmental crisis lay in the hands of those profiting the most from its proliferation, what cost would ceding contro(...)

The border wall  in  Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Homemade, lightweight ladders are being made from the very same rebar rods supposedly reinforcing the integrity of the  wall  itself. Photograph: Alyssa Schukar/the New York Times

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Abbie Hoffman, a radical, political activist and author of the 1971 anarchist’s manifesto Steal This B(...)

John Goodenough  has never stopped trying to innovate and improve upon the battery prototype he invented and the world is still using

I am early to a celebratory dinner in honour of the 2019 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, Dr John Goodenough. This is a modest affair taking place in (...)

Slowly but surely autonomous vehicles advocates will get their way

Public perception of driverless cars tends to be grounded in scepticism. This is probably due to the fearmongering of some people, who suggest fully a(...)

US president Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that Ford wanted “to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn’t work as well”. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

A dispute between US president Donald Trump and four major car manufacturers over emissions standards has turned nasty. But the Trump administration’(...)

We could be so much more advanced in Stem research if we could overcome the archaic patriarchal legacies dominating so many fields of expertise. Photograph: Getty Images

Oxford linguistic philosopher J L Austin was invited to give a guest lecture at Columbia University in New York 25 years ago. Known for his expertise (...)

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