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Sir Hans Sloane  - personal physician to three British monarchs

With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visiting Dublin this week, it’s worth recalling the remarkable life of an Irishman who enjoyed unparalleled access(...)

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(...)

Many high-profile investors share a scepticism towards Tesla, one of the most shorted stocks on the US market. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Should investors be worried about bubbles? If so, how should they respond? Worrying about excessively high prices might seem misplaced at the moment, (...)

Germany’s Joyce: The Goethe monument in Frankfurt. Photograph: AP Photo/Heribert Proepper

Goethe is to Germany what Shakespeare is to England or James Joyce to Ireland, a towering literary figure and the author of scores of poems, plays and(...)

 US president Barack Obama presents the presidential medal of freedom to B Stephen Hawking in 2009. Photograph: Jewel Samad/Getty Images

Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions,(...)

Prof Niall O’Donohoe: wise, resourceful  and  compassionate

Those who knew the late Prof Niall O’Donohoe in recent years will recall a softly spoken polymath, a kindly grandfather figure and an incorrigible rom(...)

Elbowroom Escape in remote Donard, Co Wicklow

As clarion calls go, a weekend that invites its members to sit around and do absolutely nothing takes some beating. Yet this is precisely the point of(...)

Shakespeare - what a lightweight!

Be interested in things. Study things you are interested in. This is basically how to “cheat” at college. It’s easier to learn things if you they’re t(...)

Last week’s solar eclipse brought to mind once again the formidable predictive power of science. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
A question of trust in science

Last week’s solar eclipse generated unprecedented public interest in the skies above us. One reason was that the path of the eclipse fell across a lar(...)

A robot distributes promotional literature calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons in Parliament Square in London.

One response to the call by experts in robotics and artificial intelligence for a ban on “killer robots” (lethal autonomous weapons systems or Laws in(...)

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