Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

Gopala Anumanchipalli, a neurologist at UCSF, holding an array of electrodes similar to those used in a study. Photograph: University of California, San Francisco via The New York Times

“In my head, I churn over every sentence 10 times, delete a word, add an adjective, and learn my text by heart, paragraph by paragraph,” Jean-Dominiqu(...)

The electrode array used in a groundbreaking new study. Photograph: University of California, San Francisco via The New York Times

A brain decoder that allows people literally to “speak their minds” could one day help doctors communicate with patients who cannot talk. The technol(...)

George Soros, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor, has been accused by Republicans, without evidence,  of  funding a caravan of Central American migrants headed for the US border. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Three years ago, Hungary’s prime minister accused billionaire George Soros of trying to flood the country with Middle Eastern migrants. In recent wee(...)

Related indicates that not receiving enough likes or comments on a selfie post can result in individuals feeling badly and/or experiencing low self-esteem.

Since the first ever #selfie post on Instagram in 2011 it has gone on to become the most frequently used hashtag on the platform. In 2012 Time magazin(...)

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again: President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the launch of the new exhibition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again, the exhibition based on the Nobel laureate poet’s archive, was today formally opened the new Bank of Ireland Cultural(...)

Our dad the poet: Seamus, Catherine, Mick, Marie and Chris Heaney in the 1970s. Photograph © Bobbie Hanvey; courtesy National Library of Ireland

Five years after the jolt of Seamus Heaney’s unexpected death we are back at a moment. Back with Heaney, whose poems resonate with the rhythm of the l(...)

Reddit mascots are displayed at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco: Shutting down  forums dedicated to abusive content reduced the levels of hate on the popular online message board. Photograph: Reuters.

There are, and always have been, and probably always will be, trolls, scoundrels and reprobates on the internet. It is a problem that has vexed multi(...)

Prof Mary Horgan, a consultant in infectious diseases at Cork University Hospital said that while the patch was at very early clinical trial stage, the big benefit would be that it is self-applied, and eliminates “needle phobia”. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

An easy-to-use flu vaccine patch has successfully passed early human trials, raising the prospect of an end to sometimes painful flu vaccination admin(...)

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is depicted as an angel, Republican candidate Donald Trump as a devil, with former vice-president Dick Cheney looking on, at a Halloween display in Georgia. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

“Imagine a bowl of red raspberries,” says Tom Houck in a gravelly voice, followed by a laugh, “and in the middle you have a real blue blueberry.” Th(...)

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