High milk consumption does not increase the risk of heart disease and type2 diabetes “and indeed may provide benefit”, a conference on milk and nutrition was told this evening.

High milk consumption does not increase the risk of heart disease and type2 diabetes “and indeed may provide benefit”, a conference on milk and nutrit(...)

Samuel Beckett:  The  collection comprised 347 letters and postcards, written in French,  sent by Beckett to his friends, the French artists Henri and Josette Hayden. Photograph:  Jane Bown/Guardian

A collection of letters and postcards written by playwright Samuel Beckett sold for €180,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London yesterday. The price (...)

A series of 347 letters and postcards, the great majority autographed and signed “Sam”, were sent by Samuel Beckett to his close friends Henri and Josette Hayden. Photograph: Sotheby’s

Yet another cultural “trophy asset” from the Celtic Tiger has undergone a huge fall in value. A collection of 347 letters and postcards written(...)

Anakana Schofield: Every book I read seems to change the way I think about fiction. Sometimes they drive me to despair by indicating how much more we need to demand from our fiction and other times they send me into orbit with the possibilities they reveal

Anakana Schofield is the author of the award-winng debut novel, Malarky, which is out now in paperback, a funny and moving tale of sexual shenaniga(...)

The sun sets on an area of desert on the outskirts of Minqin town, in Gansu province, China. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The slowdown in global warming is temporary and a return to “substantial warming” is expected in coming decades, scientists have said.The Intergovernm(...)

The final big auctions in London before the summer wind-down saw interesting results for the Irish lots. At Sotheby’s literature sale, a set of six ex(...)