Rosalind Franklin in 1950. She, like Crick, had realised that DNA had a double helix structure. Photograph: Vittoria Luzzati/NPG

When Barack Obama used a model of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in his 2016 State of the Union Address to introduce the concept of “Precision Medicine a(...)

 Mo Mowlam with her portrait painted by artist John Keane in 2002  at the National Portrait Gallery in  London. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth / PA

How important can a wig toss on a Monday, a hug on a Tuesday, and an expletive on a Wednesday really be to a peace process? Some people may argue not (...)

Roisín O’Donnell: uses magic realism to reflect the buried memories of the conflict, which manifest in supernatural form. Photograph: Daithi Taylor

Roisín O’Donnell’s oeuvre features a cross-cultural mix of realistic and magical realist stories that are set across the globe. Born in England to Nor(...)

A black taxi tour in West Belfast: “You have to [include jokes]. You’d crack if you didn’t.” Photograph: Stephen Wilson/Pacemaker

This has been a good year for Northern Irish comedy. From the unexpected return of original conflict caper Give My Head Peace, through to the riotous (...)

 DUP leader Arlene Foster walks past a portrait of her predecessor Ian Paisley at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Shortly after Arlene Foster became the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in 2016, her fellow DUP MLA Edwin Poots caused a media stir by insi(...)

Oranmore Street, Clonard, Belfast. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Commemorations of the past in Northern Ireland are often centred on public space; stories and identities are stamped into the landscape through murals(...)

Cycling can hold back the effects of ageing and may rejuvenate the immune system, according to a new study. Scientists carried out tests on 125 amate(...)

A 10 per cent rise in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in diet is associated with increases of 12 per cent in the risk of overall cancer and 11 per cent in the risk of breast cancer.

Rising consumption of highly processed foods such as ready meals and fizzy drinks “may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades”, a ne(...)

About 70 per cent of people with schizophrenia hear voices, and medication is ineffective for about 30 per cent of patients in treating these verbal hallucinations

Scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in treating schizophrenia by helping patients train themselves to control verbal hallucinations using(...)

 Pope Francis  speaks to journalists aboard his flight to Italy at the end of his visit to South America on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis has apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop wh(...)

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