Paranoid about androids? Serious thinkers are warning about the rise of artificial intelligence. Photograph: Carsten Koall/AFP/Getty Images

The idea of computers taking over the world has long been with us in science fiction. But now serious thinkers are saying it’s not a matter of if, (...)

British theoratical physicist and cosmologist, professor Stephen Hawking speaks to the press during the unveiling of his scientific formula for how England can win the  World Cup. Photograph: EPA

Professor Stephen Hawking today delved into the world of theoretical physics to come up with the answer to the question that has plagued generations o(...)

Westmeath’s Kevin Maguire and Derek Maguire of Louth come to grips in the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Round One, Cusack Park, Mullingar, at the weekend. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was about midway through the second half in Mullingar on Saturday night when the shout came down the seats in the Cusack Park press box: “Attendanc(...)

Richard Dawkins: according to him, belief in God is childishly unreasonable. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

The modern world runs on science-based technology, and nobody seriously disputes the importance of science. This importance has tempted many eminent s(...)

Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon for a 61-year-old conviction for homosexual activity.

Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon for a 61-year-old conviction for homosexual activity.Dr Turing, who(...)

Israeli soldiers arrest two Palestinian boys during clashes after Palestinians reportedly tried to reach Al tour area for a snowball fight near the Jewish settlement of Brakha, near Nablus, West Bank, last week. Seven Palestinians were reportedly arrested and five wounded. Phorograph: EPA/Alaa Badarneh
US academics back Israel boycott
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  • December 17, 2013, 20:20

A prestigious US academic body has joined a growing movement to boycott Israel in protest at its treatment of Palestinians, in a move both welcomed an(...)

Night falls in Berlin. Look upwards from Alexanderplatz Station towards the Fernsehturm – around which Prussian mists gather ominously – and you could(...)

There was a lot of quiet satisfaction in the world of physics this month with the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to theoretical physicists P(...)

Alexander Van Gabain, chairman of the European Institure of Innovation and Technology (right), receiving his award for Serial Entrepreneurship at the Innovation Luminary Awards from Prof Martin Curley, vice-president of Intel Labs Eurpoe, Peter Finnegan, director international relations at Dublin City Council, and Megan Richards of the European Commission

Innovation is key to driving business development, kick-starting growth and boosting economic recovery. However the prospect of disrupting trad(...)

Leanne O’Sullivan: her “strong and varied collection” has its lighter moments. Photograph: Donal O’Sullivan

Townland , the opening poem of The Mining Road (...)

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