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Strap in: Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian, Virgin Hyperloop executives, become the first passengers to travel on the futuristic high-speed ground transport. Photograph: Virgin Hyperloop/PA

Image of the week: Hyperloop express Taking a provisional silver medal for breakthrough of the week, Virgin Hyperloop spent its Sunday sending its fi(...)

Keith O’Reilly at the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco during the wild fires on September 9th, 2020. The skies over the San Francisco Bay Area glowed orange as wildfires raged across California pumping thick smoke into the air.

Forest fires, sky high rents and mono culture have given San Francisco a bad name, but Dubliner Keith O’Reilly has made the city at the Golden Gate hi(...)

Then UK prime minister David Cameron and education secretary Michael Gove visit a school in Birmingham, September 2013. Photograph: Paul Rogers/WPA Pool/Getty

It was late, the garden was almost in darkness and the conversation was starting to peter out, but the evening was warm and still and nobody was makin(...)

The UK carrier, founded and controlled by billionaire Richard Branson, has already secured backing from three creditor classes and is now seeking approval from the fourth. File photograph: The Irish Times

Virgin Atlantic’s trade creditors voted on Tuesday in favour of a £1.2 billion (€1.3 billion) rescue plan, moving the airline a step closer to complet(...)

Photograph: iStock

Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways told a London court that it will run out of cash next month unless it secures approval for a £1.2 billion ((...)

Inside the Virgin Galactic spaceship. Photograph: Spaceship Co/Virgin Galactic via Getty

The inside of Virgin Galactic’s space plane is like a space-age executive jet. The seats recline to absorb the forces of acceleration toward space. Mo(...)

Virgin Atlantic had previously identified a £750 million funding requirement but the total value of the package it is trying to secure is now about £1 billion. Photograph: iStock

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has committed £200 million (€221 million) of immediate funding for Virgin Atlantic as the grounded airline races to(...)

Ireland’s gifted Paul McGrath – The Black Pearl of Inchicore – salutes fans at the World Cup homecoming in Dublin on  July 1st, 1990. File photograph: Inpho

Discussing soccer with historian Prof Ronan Fanning is not something I had ever contemplated. But there I found myself, outside the old UCD bar as we (...)

Bob Behnken, a Nasa astronaut, in his spacesuit at SpaceX headquarters. Photograph: SpaceX via AP/NYT

Michael Bay, the director of the 1998 cosmic disaster movie Armageddon, once gave an interview discussing the worst crisis in the making of the film. (...)

Aoife Monaghan in the British Virgin Islands, where she works as a dentist.

After attending Thornhill College in Derry, the school made famous by the Derry Girls, Aoife Monaghan moved to Glasgow to study dentistry in 2011. “I(...)

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