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(...)

AI shows poor ability in trying out new actions or ideas. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Artificial intelligence “still isn’t very smart” so machines won’t be taking over any time soon, according a leading expert on cognitive robotics. In(...)

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind on Sky Atlantic this Sunday. Photograph: Jay Paul/The New York Times

Big Star’s Little Star Saturday, ITV, 7pm If you’ve ever been embarrassed by your kids choosing a particularly inopportune moment to loudly blurt out (...)

Dean of Westminster, John Hall (3R), accompanied by his first wife Jane Hawking (2L) and daughter Lucy Hawking (C), presides over the internment of Stephen Hawking’s  ashes   at Westminster Abbey, London. Photograph: Getty Images

The voice of Stephen Hawking was beamed into space with a message of peace and hope on Friday as the British physicist, who gained international accla(...)

 Peter Stringfellow with some of the women he has been auditioning for his new tableside dancing club, Cabaret of Angels, in 1996. Photograph: PA Wire

Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow has died of cancer at the age of 77. The businessman, who had wanted to keep his illness private, died in the earl(...)

The overwhelming scientific consensus is that the spooky-sounding singularity will occur this century, possibly around 2050. File photograph: Getty Images/Photo Researchers RM

God be with the days when AI meant a fella coming to get the cows pregnant. Now it’s about the possible extinction of the human race. Artificial inte(...)

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