Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of Amatrice, Italy, on Wednesday. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Central Italy is one of the most active earthquake zones in world, with tremors regularly shaking the country’s mountainous backbone. Most of the qua(...)

There is a small but expanding archive of failed accountants’ emails to their bosses

The barbed office farewell that goes viral is now so common there seems to be room for a sub-genre: the barbed office farewell by audit trainees at th(...)

Crowds outside a government depot in Cork, Ireland, where Indian corn is being sold by the British government, 1846. File image: Illustrated London News/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Scientific evidence of starvation has been extracted from the teeth of people who died in the Famine in the 19th-century. It is the first time analy(...)

Swaddling infants may increase their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (Sids) during sleep, an analysis of previous research suggests. Photograph: iStock

Swaddling infants may increase their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (Sids) during sleep, an analysis of previous research suggests. Overall, ba(...)

Charlie Minter: “A great aspect of the job is the unexpected. You never know who’s going to be on the end of the telephone or what you’ll see behind a door.”

Charlie Minter is head of the Irish art department at Sotheby’s, the international auction house with a network of 90 offices in 40 countries, includ(...)

Erica Devine: ‘Avoid using picture lights over paintings, as they deliver a high dose of heat and light’

What is your area of expertise? I advise museums and collectors on the care and display of their collections of art and antiques, train house staff(...)

A statue of Socrates in Athens: the philosopher  was a “midwife” to the truth. Teachers must interrogate pupils’ standpoints and create critical thinking

We’re only about 2,500 years behind the Greeks but Philosophy is finally making it on to the school curriculum. The National Council for Curriculum an(...)

‘Many “nice blokes” are simply naive, and don’t know the statistical data on the poor representation of women in philosophy’

Gender inequality in academia has been at the centre of much attention lately. Figures from Irish universities show 53 per cent of undergraduates b(...)

British energy minister Matthew Hancock. The legislation before the Commons seeks to maximise ‘the economic recovery’ of the UK’s energy resources, including shale gas. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Shale gas exploration in the UK should be put on hold because it poses environmental threats and is incompatible with agreed climate-change targets(...)

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan will  highlight the Government’s commitment to diaspora engagement and in particular, the role that schools, colleges and universities play in engaging with their alumni.  Photograph: Getty Images

When we leave education, the relationships we have built over years with schools, colleges and universities end abruptly. Institutions struggle to (...)

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