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Laurie Anderson: ‘I have lots of plans, and they’re always interrupted by opportunities’

It is a beautiful early spring afternoon, full of those surprises of sunshine that make hope seem more like reality when I talk to Laurie Anderson, bu(...)

A Mustang Mach-E Extended Range AWD can take you for a theoretical 540km thanks to its massive 91kWh battery

When it kicked off development of the new Mustang Mach-E, Ford knew that it couldn’t do things normally. The Blue Oval’s huge corporate organisation h(...)

In the UK, which enjoys almost identical conditions for solar production as Ireland, solar power provides some five per cent of the UK’s total year-round electrical requirements. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Shortly before his death in 1931, US electricity pioneer Thomas Edison confided to his close friends: “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. W(...)

The icy shoreline of Lake Michigan. The American Midwest has suffered significant environmental degradation and the loss of millions of jobs. Photograph: Shafkat Anowar/AP

In the first half of the 20th century, the American Midwest incubated a world-leading culture of innovation in science and technology. Orville and Wi(...)

People who prefer to solve problems by themselves are more likely to invent things. Photograph: iStock

Innovation is clearly of critical importance for progress. It depends on invention, which in turn depends on ideas. Only a tiny minority of people pro(...)

Segway: It’s the end of the road.  Photograph: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

The future of public transportation will shortly be a thing of the past. Later this month, Segway will produce the last of the two-wheeled personal tr(...)

The world has a technology problem. By that, I mean that we currently lack the technology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. W

The world has a technology problem. By that, I mean that we currently lack the technology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. We don’t have a cheap(...)

The Anaconda Mining Company gave its name to the nearby Montana town

Back in the days when people did the Lough Derg pilgrimage on foot, it used also be the custom to stop en route at the Cavan hamlet of Swanlinbar and (...)

The Google old days: Google founders Sergey Brin (R) and Larry Page pictured in 2004. Photograph: AFP via Getty

The most remarkable thing about the abrupt exit of Google’s co-founders from the top of the tech giant they spent 21 years building was how low-key it(...)

A gender gap in educational attainment means boys get lower exam results than girls, are more likely to drop out, and are less likely to go to university than their female counterparts.

The language is alarming for parents and teachers of boys. We hear of “a crisis in masculinity” in schools and about how “failing boys” are not reachi(...)

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