The data showed the total number of calls made by individuals who had recently lost their jobs dropped by 51 per cent following their layoffs

US data researchers have shown how mobile-phone data can be used to “quickly and accurately detect, track and predict changes in the economy at mul(...)

World leaders at the G7 summit in Germany: we should be sceptical of their commitments to climate action as we have heard them for nearly a quarter ofa century. Photograph: Markus Schreibe/AP

Is there any significant likelihood that policy action will eliminate the risk of climate disaster? At present, the answer is no. This is so, even tho(...)

Malcolm Gladwell: vented his fury. Photograph: KPA/Zuma/Rex Features

It’s not often that renowned journalist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell tweets, but when he does people take note, especially when he’s takin(...)

Hedge fund manager John Paulson: joins a parade of the financial industry’s richest figures making donations to their alma maters, but he rejected criticism his gift perpetuates inequality by endowing money on an elite university. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

John Paulson, the hedge fund manager famed for betting against US housing in 2007, has made the largest ever donation to Harvard University, giving $4(...)

Parliamentarians in Norway have called on the country’s $900 billion sovereign wealth fund to dump its holdings in companies with close commercial ties to the coal industry. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

After a six-year rally, there are no bargains in the world’s biggest stock market. The median company in the cheapest S&P 500 sector – financials (...)

Professor Louise Richardson has been nominated  as Oxford University’s next Vice-Chancellor - a post equivalent to chief executive. Photograph: University of St Andrews

Waterford-born academic Prof Louise Richardson is set to become the first woman to lead the University of Oxford. The university, the oldest in the En(...)

Oliver Blanchard was behind many of the IMF’s policy shifts in recent years in response to lessons from the crisis

The International Monetary Fund has said its chief economist Olivier Blanchard is retiring from the IMF, and the search for his replacement would begi(...)

Does music help us to deal with cognitive dissonance? Photograph: Thinkstock

The human ability to create and enjoy music has puzzled the finest minds since Aristotle. Even Charles Darwin was unable to explain how music evolved (...)

Kashmiri farmers spray pesticides on apple trees in an orchard at Bandipora, north of Srinagar, India. Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images

High pesticide residues in some fruits and vegetables can reduce the quality of men’s semen by up to half, according to a major United States survey p(...)

 Businessman Jeffrey Epstein. Charities that have received money from Epstein said they  will decline to accept future donations from him in the wake of the recent allegations involving the financier and Prince Andrew. Photograph: Reuters

Charities that have received money from US financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept an(...)