Joe Gough of Ireland celebrates winning the men’s 800m masters final at the World Indoor Championships in Oregon. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

We piled into the Volvo estate with Rhode Island plates and tore up I-95 towards Harvard University. If there’s one thing guaranteed to get college at(...)

The ape-like heavy jaw and teeth were more or less gone by the time Homo erectus appeared two million years ago. Photograph: Xavier Rossi/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Our taste for processed foods is nothing new, early humans processed meat and vegetables two million years ago. A diet of processed food also encour(...)

Joan Ross  President of the Claddagh Association, Perth, Australia When police in Perth contacted the local Irish club after finding a dead ho(...)

Andrey Kostin (centre) , chief executive officer of VTB Bank PJSC, makes a telephone call between sessions during the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The world economy is precariously balanced between continued recovery and a third leg of the global financial crisis, according to leading economists (...)

Researchers  have found a link between higher consumption of potatoes before pregnancy and a greater risk of developing diabetes while pregnant. Photograph: Rob White/Getty

The humble spud has come under renewed attack on health grounds, with a new study finding a link between higher consumption of potatoes before pregna(...)

The replicas of the Temple of Bel’s entrance arch will be built to coincide with world heritage week in April. Photograph: Reuters

Replicas of an ancient monument in Palmyra that has apparently survived attempts by Islamic State to demolish it are to be erected in London and New Y(...)

Oisin Hanrahan got the idea for Handy while developing properties in Budapest, when he noticed how difficult it was to find a trustworthy cleaner.  Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE/Web Summit

Thirty-two year old Dubliner Oisin Hanrahan is cleaning up, literally. His start-up Handy, which provides cleaning and DIY services, is pulli(...)

For the child to develop properly, the relationship with the primary carer is important. Photograph: Thinkstock

We all know the early experience of infants and toddlers matters. My mother often says, “Sure he hadn’t a great start” when talking about someone who (...)

The International Year of Light has already seen a number of events in Ireland, including the lighting of the Spire in Dublin which was timed to coincide with the St Patrick’s Day festival. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It’s the International Year of Light. That’s not some airy-fairy notion about positivity; it’s a chance to focus on the science of light. In 20(...)

Lotteries: could be used to keep ‘bad reasons’ out of decision-making

Making decisions by lottery is often seen as an affront to justice. Witness, for example, the furore over the Camogie Association’s plan to settle (...)