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Plath alleged Ted Hughes beat her two days before she miscarried their second child and that Hughes wanted her dead, unpublished letters reveal(...)

Alice Lowe in Prevenge: “There will be posters of me on buses soon.  People will be saying: there’s the killer lady”

Alice Lowe is in Cardiff with a hitherto unseen star of her directorial debut Prevenge. Her newborn baby gurgles happily throughout our interview. No(...)

Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin will chair  inquiry into the RHI scheme. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin is to chair a public inquiry into the so-called “cash for ash” scheme. Northern Ireland Minister for Finance Máirtí(...)

Prof Ronan Fanning: Had a low tolerance for mediocrity. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The death of Ronan Fanning, a member of the Royal Irish Academy, professor emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin and former presiden(...)

Children in Ireland begin formal lessons – and up to 11 subjects – from the moment they start primary school at age four or five. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ever since Finland developed a reputation as Europe’s education powerhouse, it has become a source of fascination among policy-makers. It doesn’t st(...)

Harte scans the horizon for a herd: “There’s very little infrastructure there – we have to bring in our own water. But it’s funny how little you really need to be totally comfortable and happy.”

David Attenborough has a lot to answer for. I don’t even own a kitten, and yet I struggled to get through an episode of Planet Earth – which complete(...)

Sr Mary Dolores Sweeney runs St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Makeni, Sierra Leone. This week she received a Presidential Distinguished Service Award from President Michael D Higgins.

When Sr Mary Dolores Sweeney, a member of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny, was asked if she wanted to leave Sierra Leone as the Ebola outbreak grip(...)

Adolf Hitler addressing a military parade at a Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg. Xenophobia and nationalism are  coursing through the world’s veins. Photograph: Hulton Archive

In the spring of 2010 I received an unlikely invitation from a city in western Ukraine: the law faculty from the university in Lviv (also know as Lwów(...)

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