In 2019 the decision-makers across government, business and media  could not avoid the tidal wave of raw emotion unleashed among the world’s youth by Greta Thunberg and her viral school strike

‘The current’s fast, but the river moves slow, And I can feel things changing.” Sometimes it takes a poet to capture a moment, and hearing those wor(...)

Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist: “People are seeing globalisation as a venue by which rich corporations like Apple and Google can effectively escape taxation while hard-working citizens in France or Germany continue to pay high taxes.” Photograph: Sasha Maslov/New York Times

The late Nobel-prizewinning physicist Richard Feynman once said that nobody understands quantum mechanics. He could just as easily have said something(...)

A microbot alongside a paramecium. These robots are the size of a speck of dust and could be used for a number of tasks, from cleaning smartphone batteries to studying our brains. Photograph:   Kenneth Chang

Like Frankenstein, Marc Miskin’s robots initially lie motionless. Then their limbs jerk to life. But these robots are the size of a speck of dust. Th(...)

Professor Brian Cox: “Most scientists who really think about their field need it to be simple so that they can understand it. For me, understanding something is a process of simplifying it.” File photograph: Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Phil McIntyre Entertainment

If Professor Brian Cox picks up a rock, it’s time to listen. Not because he’s the threatening type, of course, but because it means he’s employing ite(...)

 Theresa May:  she  and other Brexiteers keep insisting that things are proceeding smoothly when clearly they are not.  Photograph: PA Wire

The evidence continues to pile up: the UK government is woefully underprepared for Brexit, and remains in denial about what is now required. Theresa (...)

“Britain faces another general election for all sorts of reasons. The ‘Daily Mail’ captured it with a remarkably Leninist headline: ‘Crush the saboteurs’.”

Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft, has set up a website that he hopes will provide us with the facts we need to make up our minds(...)

"By finding the right chemistry, materials scientists and engineers can gain the level of power that architects have when they design new buildings,” says Prof Michael Zaworotko

When a man tells you that the way to get more fuel in your tank is to fill it with crystals you could be forgiven for reacting with at least mild scep(...)

     Party pieces: the Áras looked fabulous, and the President – joined by Bono, among others – looked delighted

Ever since RTÉ ’s Lughnasa Live a couple of years ago, which featured Gráinne Seoige presen(...)

Father-and-daughter trainers: Richie and Joanna Clifford on Reality Bites, on RTÉ Two, a series whose lateral approach can generate unexpected results

I like this year’s series of Reality Bites, and not just because each slice-of-Irish-life documentary is well made but also because they are pl(...)