It may sound counter-intuitive, but banks probably would not want this money. File photograph: Toby Melville/PA

In the old days when somebody had a large financial windfall, it was often speculated that person could “live off the interest”. An interest rate of (...)

“Treating time specially is a human construct and we’re using the wrong language,” says Prof David Berman.

In the basement of a former plumbing supplies store, down the road from King’s Cross station in London, two eminent physicists are discussing the natu(...)

Lot 191: Giltwood compartmented overmantle €500–€800; Adam’s

Mirrors today are so commonplace we barely give their origins a second thought. In 1999, in a discussion on Edge.org, Bill Gates – founder of the Mic(...)

Italian deputy premier and labour and industry minister Luigi Di Maio with joint deputy premier and interior minister Matteo Salvini, at a commemoration marking the second anniversary of the Rigopiano Hotel avalanche disaster that claimed 29 lives, in Rigopiano, in the Abruzzo region. Photograph: Claudio Lattanzio/EPA

Tensions between France and Italy predate the current administrations in Paris and Rome. Italians resented France’s intervention in Libya, a former It(...)

 Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini attends a press conference  in Rome earlier this month. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

Historically and culturally, France and Italy are extremely close. Trade between the two countries represents a whopping €200 million daily. Yet relat(...)

Controversial: Damien Hirst’s Miraculous Journey sculptures in Qatar. Photograph: AFP/Getty

As a child, I remember asking my mum where babies came from. Whatever she said left me with the distinct impression that it involved her eating some s(...)

A  Christie’s employee displays an 18.96-carat fancy vivid pink diamond during a preview at Christie’s in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP

Christie’s has sold the “Pink Legacy” diamond at auction for more than $50 million (€44.2 million) including fees, saying it is a new world record pri(...)

Explore Alaska on a cruise.

Italian legends   Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci in Milan next year with a special experience provided by Ba(...)

A spiral has appeared over the past decade or so on the beach between Booterstown station and the Merrion Gates, southeast of Dublin. A sandbank (pictured) has gradually built up, driven by the action of the sea waves, and has assumed a form close to a logarithmic spiral.

We all know what a spiral looks like. Or do we? Ask your friends to describe one and they will probably trace out the form of a spiral staircase. But (...)

‘Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)’ by Amedeo Modigliani during a Sotheby’s preview of the May Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, in New York. Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

When it was first exhibited in Paris in 1917, Amedeo Modigliani’s female nude Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) caused such a stir that the police were c(...)

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