Children at Holy Trinity National School did a workshop on the physical changes in the brain when a new skill or knowledge is mastered, which neuroscientists call “neuroplasticity”. The fixed mindset sees intelligence as unchanging from cradle to grave; the growth mindset sees intelligence as a malleable attribute that can grow through effort and persistence

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“Tax laws in all EU countries, except the UK, currently favour diesel, thereby inadvertently promoting global warming.” Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

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President Michael D Higgins expressed gratitude to the mayor of San José for the care shown to the survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins thanked the mayor of San José in California for the care shown to the survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse and their(...)

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In the dark: How did a company most people have never heard of come to lay claim to elements found in virtually every smartphone? Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Across the river from the casino district in Reno above an Italian restaurant, you can find the little-known company that says it “invented the mobile(...)

 British prime minister David Cameron: by the time his entourage denied claims in a new book, a paper had serialised it and social media gleefully spun some A-grade hashtags. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

A billionaire Conservative Party donor who feels aggrieved at having been overlooked for a cabinet post enlists the help of a journalist to write a bi(...)

Niall Murray and Dr James Crew (to Murray’s left) give a press conference at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California. Murray’s mum in on the back left, beside his brother. Photograph: Talia Herman

Misty-eyed but immensely grateful to be alive, Niall Murray is looking forward to returning to Ireland sometime next week after months of physical reh(...)

Google’s Sundar Pichai: it appears that seemingly minor details, ranging from a person’s economic background to whether or not he has a daughter, can be predictive of a chief executive’s tenure

New Google chief executive Sundar Pichai is Indian, comes from a humble background, is married, and has a daughter and a son. Readers might ask: so wh(...)

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US president Barack Obama invoked his presidential veto to block the Keystone XL project on environmental grounds. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The State’s main sovereign wealth fund holds more than €70 million worth of investments in some of the most polluting industries on the planet. An a(...)