Philip Lane: he is set to be confirmed   as the Republic’s first ECB executive board member. He is also the favourite to become the organisation’s chief economist.  Photograph:  Reuters

When Otmar Issing, one of the prime architects of the euro, was asked in 2001 to help select an outstanding European economist under 40, one name stoo(...)

More than four decades ago, my mother and my only sibling, my older brother, were killed in a car crash. One morning I got up and went to school (...)

The scientists involved in the study hope soon to test a pharmaceutical form of irisin as a treatment for dementia in animals and eventually people, especially those who have lost the ability to exercise.

A hormone that is released during exercise may improve brain health and lessen the damage and memory loss that occur during dementia, a new study find(...)

An aerial shot of Mount Etna taken during visit by the Trinity team.

With some 200 eruptive episodes to date, Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano. It also holds the record for the longest continuous eruption. The(...)

One person suffering from Body Integrity Identity Disorder said: ‘I can feel exactly the line where my leg should end and my stump should begin. Sometimes this line hurts or feels numb.’

A 21-year-old man arrived at a hospital and asked for his left leg to be amputated. He had placed it on dry ice for six hours in order to ensure that (...)

“The true cost of achieving an optimal design for the children’s hospital is that it has hoovered up the budgets needed for other health facilities that will, as a result, be delayed for years.”

In all developed countries, major capital projects have a strong tendency to overrun their initial budgets. The new underground line in London, C(...)

US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arriving  in Maryland, US, after the G20 summit in Argentina

Chinese state media welcomed the decision by presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump to set their differences aside, for the time being at least, after(...)

Wendy Carlos: At the time ‘Switched-On Bach’ was released, the composer was  six months into transgender hormone therapy, and still known as Carlos. Photograph: GAB Archive/Redferns

Since its release 50 years ago, Switched-On Bach has been relegated to the realm of kitsch curiosity; blips and blops produced from tinkerings on prim(...)

Prof Ella Arensman: Ireland lacks “an effective mental-health programme at both primary and second-level education.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A school-based pilot programme which has been shown to counteract the incidence of depression and self-harm among teenagers in Cork and Kerry should b(...)

The cordoned-off Bataclan concert hall in Paris, November 16th, 2015. The “Beyond Chaos: In the Aftermath of the Arab Upheavals” launch occurred on the third anniversary of the massacres. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

When the French academic Gilles Kepel went to Damascus to study Arabic in 1977, the two most salient features of the Middle East were the Arab-Israeli(...)

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