‘Rather than politics following the science, politics is why we use the words science and scientist today.’ File photograph: Getty

One of the most interesting developments during the coronavirus pandemic has been the increased visibility of public health experts. How many of us, t(...)

A portrait of Dr Barbara Maive Stokes by artist Catherine Creaney is carried into the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI). Photograph: Maxwell Photograph

Eight new portraits of distinguished Irish women in medicine were unveiled in the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) board room overlooking St Stephen’s(...)

Mark Zuckerberg is empty-chaired at a House of Commons ‘grand committee’. Photograph: Gabriel Sainhas/UK parliament/AFP

Image of the week: Where’s Mark? While they neglected to follow the example of a campaigner outside who did the whole papier-maché head thing as he h(...)

“Many people were so impressed by Mary Somerville it made a difference.” Above, portrait by Thomas Phillips

It has been a sobering time lately for men who are being collectively accused of unconscious gender bias. The representation of women on ballot papers(...)

Timothy Spall as JMW Turner in Mike Leigh’s . Photo by Simon Mein, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

There is a scene about two-thirds of the way through Mike Leigh’s extraordinary study of JMW Turner when the painter, who is currently taking a lun(...)