When you step back and see the brain and body thinking together, the old distinction between reason and emotion doesn’t seem to make sense. Photograph: Getty Images

This has been a golden age for brain research. We now have amazing brain scans that show which networks in the brain ramp up during different activiti(...)

Ayrton Kelly from Donegal on the campus of UCD. He speaks about the experiences of LGBT teens in secondary school. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Ayrton Kelly is disappointed, but not surprised, by the findings of a survey on what school is like for gay teenagers today. The 21-year-old came out(...)

More than a third of LGBT students reported being shoved or pushed because of their sexual orientation, while just over one in 10 reported being punched, kicked or injured. Photograph: iStock

Almost three-quarters of gay or transgender teenagers feel unsafe in schools, according to the largest survey of LGBT young people in the Irish educat(...)

Henry Red Cloud’s solar-powered battery trailer: “It’d run one-third of your house easily.”  Photograph: Stephen Starr

Down a dirt track on South Dakota’s bucolic Pine Ridge Reservation, Henry Red Cloud is working out a plan to help Native and indigenous communities ar(...)

Even when people with advanced cancer are relatively healthy, attempting yet another round of treatment often worsens quality of life in their final weeks, according to a 2015 study in the US.

As the elderly man with an incurable cancer lay dying, he told his son he had only one regret. Rather than enjoying his last weeks of life with the pe(...)

Sarah-Kate Fenelon, who is originally from Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, but now lives in Los Angeles where she works as a film producer

Film producer Sarah-Kate Fenelon, who is originally from Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, now lives in Los Angeles where she works for author and showrunner Ne(...)

We could be so much more advanced in Stem research if we could overcome the archaic patriarchal legacies dominating so many fields of expertise. Photograph: Getty Images

Oxford linguistic philosopher J L Austin was invited to give a guest lecture at Columbia University in New York 25 years ago. Known for his expertise (...)

The aftermath of an EF-4 tornado in Dayton, Ohio. Photograph: Stephen Starr

The large family home at 2036 Maplegrove avenue, a quiet tree-line residential street north of downtown Dayton, Ohio is a wreck. At around 11pm on Ma(...)

Our immune cells can sometimes recognise and destroy cancer cells without assistance. But tumours may hide by taking advantage of a gene called CD47

Scientists have used genetically reprogrammed bacteria to destroy tumours in mice. The innovative method one day may lead to cancer therapies which tr(...)

Philip Lane, the ECB’s newly-installed chief economist, has excellent academic credentials – including a PhD from  Harvard – while Christine Lagarde lacks an economics qualification. Photograph: Tom Honan

Christine Lagarde’s surprise nomination last week as the European Central Bank’s (ECB) next president has sent financial market participants scramblin(...)

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