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(...)

Angus Ridgeway of Potentialife, Hugo MacNeill of Goldman Sachs and Tim Arnold of Hailo at the ‘Be Your Best’ workshop in the ‘Irish Times’ offices. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

When he learned that there was no positive behavioural psychology programme that could be shown to actually work, Tal Ben-Shahar (44), an American-(...)

 Attending the Be Your Best workshop in the Irish Times  were (from left): Angus Ridgway, Potentialife;  blind adventurer Mark Pollock, and Paddy Cosgrave, Web Summit founder.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group of Ireland’s business leaders gathered at The Irish Times to have their neural pathways realigned under the guidance of a Harvard behavioural(...)

Daniel Philbin-Bowman, Angus Ridgway and Tal Ben-Shahar of PotentiaLife.  Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

In the marbled lobby of a five-star hotel in London, business men and women bustle through arranging meetings, scanning digital devices and – (...)

Buckingham Palace has denied allegations by a woman who said in Florida court documents that she was forced as a minor to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew and other high-profile figures linked to a wealthy US businessman.   File Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Buckingham Palace has denied allegations by a woman who said in Florida court documents that she was forced as a minor to have sex with Britain’s Prin(...)

The Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University doesn’t sound like the most obvious source of ground-breaking cinema to rattle senses and confoun(...)

Survival rates for blood cancer have doubled in Ireland in the past five years. Photograph: Getty Images

When Gerry, a man in his early 40s, stopped responding to blood-cancer therapy, Prof Peter O’Gorman knew that his patient had reached the end of the l(...)