“Jihad is an egalitarian, equal-opportunity employer: fraternal, fast-breaking, glorious, cool – and persuasive” REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (Gaza)

It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State. And little wonder. For the chaotic scenes on the streets of Paris and the fearful reaction those at(...)

You can tell your boss it is biology not attitude that causes you to be indifferent. Photograph: Thinkstock

If you lack enthusiasm, feel indifferent or apathetic please do not stop reading. Researchers believe they know why you couldn’t be bothered. It is al(...)

Prof Louise Richardson, principal of the University of St Andrews in Scotland. File photograph: Robert Ormerod/The New York Times

An open debate is needed over whether the State can afford free fees for third-level education, according to the Irish head of one of Scotland’s oldes(...)

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(...)

An Oxford University study  suggests gradual exercise could help with chronic fatigue and ME. Photograph: Thinkstock

People with chronic fatigue syndrome and ME have criticised the findings of an Oxford University study that suggests gradual exercise could help with(...)

An annotated map of Middle-earth discovered in a copy of Lord of the Rings owned by Pauline Baynes, the illustrator of Tolkien’s work. Photograph: Blackwell’s Rare Books

A recently discovered map of Middle-earth annotated by JRR Tolkien reveals The Lord of the Rings author’s observation that Hobbiton is on the same lat(...)

Governor of the Bank of of England Mark Carney. He delivered an upbeat assessment of Britain’s membership of the European Union on Wednesday.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney delivered an upbeat assessment of Britain’s membership of the European Union on Wednesday, which is likely to be(...)

Established by Iseult Ward and Aiobheann O’Brien, FoodCloud is one of many successful start-ups that have emerged from Trinity College

Trinity College has produced more entrepreneurs than any other university in Europe over the last five years, according to new independent research. T(...)

A protest about the number of people on hospital trolleys: the focus of attention on the immediate trolley problem and the need for quick fixes have made it difficult to solve some of the underlying problems in health. Photograph: Frank Miller

A number of theories feature in the economics literature to explain how the public service operates. Some suggest public servants manoeuvre to maximis(...)

Differences between  Conservative donor Lord Ashcroft (left) and David Cameron have  burst into the open with the serialisation of a book containing allegations about the prime minister’s time as a student. Photograph: PA

Differences between British prime minister David Cameron and a major Conservative donor have burst into the open with the serialisation of a book cont(...)