The first-ever photograph of  a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope  project. Photograph: Reuters

Ordinary matter (baryonic matter) accounts for only 4.7 per cent of the mass-energy content of the universe while dark matter makes up 24 per cent and(...)

Ana Alonso-Serrano: ‘We need to push more for changing the image of a physicist as a man’

Physicist Ana Alonso-Serrano has spent much of her career thinking about what’s inside a black hole, an object which the world only caught a first gli(...)

‘Why do prominent scientists such as Richard Dawkins still campaign to replace religion with science?’ Photograph: Alan Betson

It has long been predicted that religion will wither away as science spreads globally. This prediction has failed to come true, however, as outlined b(...)

Gopala Anumanchipalli, a neurologist at UCSF, holding an array of electrodes similar to those used in a study. Photograph: University of California, San Francisco via The New York Times

“In my head, I churn over every sentence 10 times, delete a word, add an adjective, and learn my text by heart, paragraph by paragraph,” Jean-Dominiqu(...)

Dublin footballer Philly McMahon at Mountjoy Prison, where he delivered a TEDx talk to about 100 guests and inmates in the prison’s chapel on Tuesday. Photograph: Maxwell

It is still frowned on to swear in church, even if that church is in Mountjoy Prison. So there was some nervous laughter on Tuesday when Dublin footb(...)

These shelves need the Philip Judge book-classification treatment. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Christmas has left an awful lot of freshly acquired stuff behind and our cottage seems to have shrunk. For years a slow motion tsunami of accumulating(...)

RIP: Dolores O’Riordan, Aretha Franklin, Myrtle Allen and Stephen Hawking. Photographs: Tim Roney/Getty, Fred A Sabine/NBC via Getty, Eric Luke and Santi Visalli/Getty

Ireland Dolores O’Riordan in 2007. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien January 15th Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan February 9th Form(...)

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(...)

Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died five years ago. In the 1940s, the then Margaret Hilda Roberts gained a degree in chemistry from Oxford University.  Photograph: PA Wire

Margaret Thatcher was a deeply divisive figure during her lifetime and remains so five years after her death. News this week that Britain’s first fem(...)

Joe Duffy: Holding a mirror to Irish life

On the face of it, the news that Joe Duffy is to appear in a pantomime is in danger of causing reality to collapse in on itself under the weight of to(...)

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