British foreign secretary Philip Hammond  in Washington DC, US. File photograph: Jim watson/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s foreign secretary Philip Hammond has privately assured the Government that the hundreds of thousands of Irish living in Britain would not be(...)

The findings by a US research team that adopting a low-fat diet and foregoing certain foods such as crisps and fry-ups may not be the best way to slim, have been strongly challenged. Photograph: PA

A row has broken out between researchers over claims made in a new study that adopting a low-fat diet may not be the best way to slim. US experts who(...)

For young children, research shows that boosting their IQ does not pay off. Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

It might not be wise to tell children they are bright. By doing so, you could be instilling an idea in their minds about their abilities by suggest(...)

The Art of the Possible:  €18.99

The motivational genre of business books is a crowded space and it’s hard to find a fresh angle. Blending psychology and business coaching techniques (...)

  Analysts and green groups have been warning for years that actual vehicle emissions were likely much higher than reported ones - creating a false sense of confidence in the quality of the air we breathe, and preventing adequate measures from being taken.  Photograph: Getty Images

VW’s cheating on diesel emissions tests has shaken the motor industry to its core. This is arguably its Lance Armstrong moment. The scales have falle(...)

Researchers note that Isaac Newton, a neurotic brooder and worrier, was able to make outstanding creative breakthroughs. Photograph: Thinkstock

Neurotics tend to be worriers but they also tend to be highly creative, and researchers believe they understand why: neurotics think too much. (...)

 Beijing’s offensive against rights lawyers began on July 9th with the detention of Wang Yu, an attorney known for defending politically sensitive clients including five Chinese feminists detained earlier this year. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Nearly two weeks after Beijing launched one of its most comprehensive crackdowns on civil society in decades, at least six people remain missing – bel(...)

Previously the fact that people with psychotic mental illnesses are more likely to smoke has been put down to non-causal factors, such as obtaining relief from distress or self-medication. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Chemicals in tobacco may help trigger serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, a study suggests. New research shows that smoking can triple the(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. As Syriza points out, Greece – just one border away from Islamic State-held territory – looks like a beacon of stability in a difficult neighbourhood. Photograph: Reuters

In February, when Greece’s new Syriza-led government reassured its lenders by agreeing to talks on its funding arrangements, the Italian economy minis(...)

Displaced Sunni women fleeing the violence in Ramadi, carry bags as they walk on the outskirts of Baghdad. Police revealed earlier this month that more than 700 British extremists have travelled to Syria. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Teenage twin sisters from Manchester have assumed “influential roles” among a group of British women who have travelled to Islamic State (IS) territor(...)