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German chancellor Angela Merkel: ready to ditch a balanced budget? Photograph: EPA

News that the German government could ditch its balanced-budget rule and take on debt to stave off recession boosted European markets on Friday. DUBL(...)

Can you criss-cross America without gasoline? Technically, yes. But America has 100 filling stations for every Tesla station.

“Where we going, man?” asks the narrator, Sal Paradise, in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. “I don’t know but we gotta go,” replies his friend Dean Moriar(...)

One diverting aspect of researching medical stories in this journal’s archives is perusing its advertisements. They offer a fascinating insight into (...)

Younger looking mice: elderly rodents that either have their zombie cells (left) or have been treated since midlife to remove these cells (right).

Smoking ages people prematurely because it damages DNA, but scientists have discovered that it also creates zombie-like cells. These cells are implica(...)

Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Photograph: iStock

Leaving Cert results day can be either one of the happiest days of people’s lives or one of disappointment when things don’t go to plan. People can be(...)

‘Free money – it’s sort of an insane concept.’ Above, Alice in Wonderland

Making an investment that is guaranteed to lose money sounds like something that would cost you your job. But in bond markets, it has become a fact of(...)

A grizzly bear mother and her cub walk near Pelican Creek in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. File photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration has rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act. The reforms al(...)

Sportswomen of Month winners Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics) and Kate O’Connor (Athletics). Photographs: Sportsfile/Getty Images

When the judges began their chatting about the destination of our Sportswoman of the Month for July award, there was a sizeable sense of déjà vu about(...)

Facebook chief executive  Mark Zuckerberg  testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 2018. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

As Democrats reeled from Donald Trump’s shock victory in the 2016 US presidential election, thoughts soon turned to who could take on the Republican p(...)

US president Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, on August 5th in response to two separate shooting incidents. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA

Less than a month after celebrating Independence Day on July 4th, America once again reeled this week from a bloody spate of mass shootings over a sin(...)

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