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Oliver Schmidt, a former Volkswagen executive, has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the US. Photograph: Joe Wilsens/EPA

A US-based Volkswagen executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 (€339,000) by a judge on Wednes(...)

For centuries, citizens have been actively contributing to advancing scientific knowledge in some way. Photograph: iStock

In 2015, more than three thousand students buried tea bags in the Swedish countryside. By measuring how the weight of the tea bags changed after they (...)

‘The Irish Times’ has supported citizen science projects in recent years, including a successful national survey in 2015 to learn more about the genetics of cats. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Citizen science comes with the potential to bring a wide variety of benefits to researchers; citizens, policy makers and society in research and innov(...)

 British prime minister Theresa May was lambasted by  US president Donald Trump for criticising his sharing of anti-Muslim videos by the far-right group Britain First. Photograph: AFP/ Getty images

US president Donald Trump reignited the controversy over his move to share anti-Muslim videos on social media, as he lambasted British prime minister (...)

 Matt Lauer on the set of the “Today” show in New York. NBC News fired the longtime host for “inappropriate sexual behaviour.” Photograph: Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP

Americans woke on Wednesday morning to the news that NBC anchor Matt Lauer had been fired by his network over allegations of inappropriate sexual beha(...)

When I was five years old, my parents decided they could no longer watch the nightly news. Or rather, they could no longer watch it if I was in earsh(...)

Woman  said vaccinations go against her beliefs and she should have raised her objections sooner. Photograph: iStock

A woman in the US state of Michigan has been jailed for seven days for failing to have her nine-year-old son vaccinated. An Oakland County judge told(...)

Police outisde a home where two children were shot in Dearborn, Michigan.  Photograph: Tanya Moutzalias/AP

A toddler accidentally shot and injured two other children at a home day care facility in Michigan, US police said. Dearborn police chief Ronald Hadd(...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: dismissive of the idea that social media and artificial intelligence could be used for global domination. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The idea of Mark Zuckerberg running for president was always sort of scary. But now it’s really scary, given what we’ve discovered about the power of (...)

Mannin beach between near Ballyconneely in Connemara Co Galway. Several US colleges have based their ‘study abroad’  modules in the wider area as a partnership with the Connemara Wes, community development organisation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

When Prof Deborah Wickering comes across the name “Tully” back in Michigan’s Grand Rapids, her heart skips a little beat and she thinks of Connemara. (...)

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