A glass Buddha altar at the Ruriden columbarium in Tokyo, Japan. Operated by the Koukokuji Buddhist Temple, it houses 2,046 futuristic altars. A smartcard allows the owner to access the building and lights up the corresponding statue. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Like the fictional Fr Trendy, Buddhist priest Yoshinobu Fujioka believes religion should be accessible to the young. Far from preaching abstinence fro(...)

Heat-activated ‘grenades’ filled with cancer-fighting drugs have been developed by scientists. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Heat-activated “grenades” filled with cancer-fighting drugs have been developed by scientists, in the latest step towards treating the disease. The cr(...)

Cornelia Parker’s installation War Room in the Whitworth Gallery in the University of Manchester

Think of a university gallery of contemporary art in an Irish context and the Douglas Hyde and the Lewis Glucksman Gallery come to mind. With a stu(...)

Vona Groake

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced.The award, now in its 10th year, is presented for the best single vol(...)

Timothy (Ted) O’Leary, who died suddenly and prematurely aged 64, dedicated most of his professional life to showing that accounting is much more than(...)

Pat McDonagh: had the same trademark bob as Mary Quant, to whom she was often compared

Patricia Mary McDonagh, who has died aged 80, was a well-known British fashion designer of Irish ancestry who moved to Canada in 1966, bringing with h(...)

Vona Groarke: “Where do I see the publishing industry going? That will depend on where book buyers go, surely. To Paradise Island, I hope, with large mojitos on the house and a full-size orchestra playing the soundtrack of South Pacific interspersed with The Smiths’ greatest hits, just to keep it real”. Photograph: Ed Swinden/The Gallery Press

Vona Groarke’s latest book is X, published in February by the Gallery Press. She is also the author of five other award-winning poetry collections, in(...)

Dr Alan Duffy, observing distant galaxies with Parkes Radio Telescope, New South Wales, Australia

I grew up in Co Antrim. My parents were divorced, so in the car travelling between their houses I’d always have my face up against the glass, staring (...)

Seán Lysaght: reads the natural world. Photograph: Jan von Holleben / The Gallery Press

Seán Lysaght’s new collection, Carnival Masks (Gallery Press, €18.50), begins with Lysaght’s speciality, lyrics that ari(...)

The 40m  skeleton of an Argentinosaurus huinculensis, on display at the Museo Municipal Carmen Funes in Argentina, was digitally reconstructed to examine how the dinosaur walked and ran. Photograph: Dr Bill Sellers, the University of Manchester

A massive dinosaur has proven it can walk the walk after scientists digitally reconstructed the 40-metre long fossil, allowing it to stroll about f(...)

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