Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire:  said it would be a hugely retrograde step after years of progress if the UK government had to take back direct charge of Northern Ireland. File Photograph: PA

The British government will consider whether to stop paying members of the Northern Ireland Assembly if Ulster politicians fail to reach a deal to res(...)

Image from the Stanford study. Photograph: Stanford University.

Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces, according to new research suggesting t(...)

Artist Brian O’Doherty: ‘Now that I’ve got less permanent, I would like to do some permanent installations.’ Photograph: George Tatge

In Brian O’Doherty’s studio there is a large photograph dating from 2002. Five figures are posed against a white background: Brian O’Doherty, William (...)

Coffee could have life-prolonging benefits, according to two studies. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and liver disease and a host of other ailments, new research suggests. The findi(...)

Trinity College Library: TCD welcomed its higher ranking which placed it in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland’s top universities are climbing back up international rankings following a decade of cutbacks which meant many of them tumbled down influentia(...)

Britain’s Prince Philip has shocked and sometimes delighted the public with his outspoken comments.  File photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who has announced he will retire from royal duties in the Autumn, has perhaps been best known for h(...)

Every time I order a scone these days, I find myself having to do a phonetic double-think. This is because I grew up in a part of Ireland that pronoun(...)

 Wax worm caterpillars seen eating a piece of plastic. They normally thrive on beeswax. Photograph: CSIC Communications Department/PA Wire

Moth larvae could potentially revolutionise how the world disposes of plastic waste after an accidental discovery by a scientist and amateur beekeeper(...)

Chocolate contains flavonoids, substances known to have anti-inflammatory effects and whose anti-oxidant properties help mop up disease-causing agents in the body. Photograph: iStock

Hello fellow chocoholics! Are you in good form after enjoying an Easter egg over the weekend? Just in case any of you are feeling that useless emotion(...)

Poet and author Sylvia Plath: letters shed light on trubulent period in her life with Ted Hughes. Photograph: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

Sylvia Plath alleged Ted Hughes beat her two days before she miscarried their second child and that Hughes wanted her dead, unpublished letters reveal(...)

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