A clear wallet and its contents used in a study of how people in 40 countries decided to return, or not return, lost wallets. Photograph: Christian Zünd/Science/AFP/Getty Images

It’s obvious: someone finding a lost wallet is less likely to return it if money is inside, right? That’s what top economists, as well as regular peop(...)

Recently, scientists reported that brief sessions of specialised brain stimulation could reverse the steady decline in working memory, at least temporarily. Illustration: iStock

Anyone above a certain age who has drawn a blank on the name of a favourite uncle, a friend’s phone number or the location of a house key understands (...)

 Neuroscientists have shown that memory calls on a widely distributed network in the brain, and it co-ordinates those interactions through slow-frequency, thrumming rhythms called theta waves. Photograph: iStock

Anyone above a certain age who has drawn a blank on the name of a favourite uncle, a friend’s phone number or the location of a house key understands (...)

 A Knightscope security robot at the company’s showroom in Manhattan. Are we secretly terrified that robots will take our jobs? Upend our societies? Control our every move with their ever-expanding capabilities and air of quiet malice? Photograph: The New York Times

Tchhiking robot was beheaded in Philadelphia. A security robot was punched to the ground in Silicon Valley. Another security bot, in San Francisco, wa(...)

Republican Nancy Pelosi. The spectacle at the Capitol on Thursday, as she reclaimed the gavel, was redolent of that iconic “Breakfast Club” scene, with all its rebellious energy and zeal to fight The Man. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Lucky there’s no Saturday detention at the Capitol. Republicans – and some Democrats – would certainly make like Mr Vernon, the Breakfast Club discipl(...)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “I wake up every day and I’m a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx.” Photograph: David Dee Delgado/New York Times

At dawn on the day after the election that rocked her world and her party, working on three hours of sleep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez walked out of her(...)

Journalist Kevin Cullen has been suspended from the Boston Globe for three months. Photograph: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Prominent Irish-American journalist Kevin Cullen has been suspended from the Boston Globe for three months, following an investigation into his report(...)

UCD Smurfit Executive Development partnered with the Boston University Questrom School of Business because faculty member Prof Venkat Venkatraman (above) is an expert on the convergence of strategy and technology

Every business is now digital. Digital technologies and the data and insights they generate are changing why businesses exist and how they operate at (...)

Journalist Sarah McInerney: ‘To my bemusement, I had a natural instinct for news.’  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Oh, she wants to be the next Olivia O’Leary?” my mother’s friend asked, dismissively, when she heard of my plans to apply for a journalism degree. M(...)

 Concussion is increasingly common and has become a contentious  issue in American football. Photograph: Getty

In this city with a deep and proud relationship with football, a custody dispute has pushed the debate about the sport’s safety into a new arena: fam(...)

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