Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders: says he plans to deliver a “major speech” on his political philosophy. “We have some explaining and work to do.” Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

When German social theorist Werner Sombart asked in his 1906 essay Why Is There No Socialism in America?, he reached the same conclusion his compatrio(...)

‘We will dedicate spaces on campus to mindfulness practice.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Because of the increasing pace of modern life, we are transitioning from human beings to human doings. We are losing connection with ourselves and (...)

Mick O’Dea paints a portrait of the American poet Robert Pinsky, as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A farmer’s life may seem an unlikely vocation for one of Ireland’s best-known artists, but it was once the planned career path for Mick O’Dea. The en(...)

‘The gender pay gap is one of the most blatant and consistent indicators of inequality between men and women.’  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

When it comes to sexism, it’s hard to argue with data. The gender pay gap is one of the most blatant and consistent indicators of inequality between m(...)

 Donald Trump  as he announces his candidacy for the US presidency:  his comments about Mexicans   have made him stand out in a crowded field of Republican candidates. Photograph:  Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

It’s hard to say what’s more shocking: the outrageous remarks property magnate Donald Trump has made since he announced his presidential candidacy or (...)

A makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. A message to Krystle Campbell, one of three people killed in two bomb blasts at the race two years ago, and a Champagne bottle adorned the site a day after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to die for his role in the attack. Photograph: Seán Proctor/The New York Times

A Kazakh exchange student who was friends with the Boston Marathon bomber was sentenced to 3½ years in US federal prison on Friday for removing a back(...)

The Edward M Kennedy Institute opens on March 30th on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, dedicated to the late US senator Edward Kennedy, pictured here (front) with Al Gore in 2000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan paid tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy at a event in Boston last night ahead of today’s official(...)

EU commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Theresa Crotty at yesterday’s launch in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

A major new research programme aimed at creating new technologies to enhance the lives of people with autism and intellectual disabilities has been la(...)

US researchers say they have demonstrated a way to “silence” the extra chromosome responsible for Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome Ireland has given a cautious welcome to news that scientists in the US have been able to switch off or “silence” the extra chromosome re(...)

Pope Francis blesses a child with Down syndrome at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: AFP/Getty

A way to “switch off” the genetic defect responsible for Down syndrome has been developed by scientists.The technique has only been tried on laborator(...)