‘Bitcoin provides freedom over one’s assets, but at the same time it no longer provides the security that traditional regulated financial institutions provide’

Cryptocurrency Bitcoin’s blockchain technology is attractive for several reasons – including decentralisation, pseudo-anonymity and its lack of regula(...)

I use swear words to punctuate sentences the way others use commas, offering as it does a sort of mid-sentence breather. Photograph: iStock

Picture in your mind’s eye the disdain and disappointment on a puppy trainer’s face when their tiny charge misses the newspaper by a good few inches. (...)

Due to end on December 31st, vehicle registration tax (VRT) reliefs will be extended for five more years for electric cars and two more years for hybrids

Tax relief for hybrid and electric cars has been extended in Budget 2017. Due to end on December 31st this year, the vehicle registration tax (VRT) re(...)

As the prison population ages worldwide, it is expected that more prisoners will die of natural causes in prisons and have active palliative care needs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The relatively recent phenomenon of ageing prison populations brings unique healthcare challenges for prison services worldwide. These include accommo(...)

Work continues at Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

A leading scientist has said Rory McIlroy is taking “a perfectly sensible precaution” by staying from the Rio Olympics if he is intending to become a (...)

Eucalyptus trees in the Israeli city of Hadera. The pungency of eucalyptus is due to a blend of volatile organic compounds, which can cause problems when mixed with urban air plumes. Photograph: David Silverman/Getty

Trees in urban areas can be bad for air quality. Some trees can raise levels of nasty air pollutants. Whether this happens depends on the types of tre(...)

Apple’s logo outside its Irish campus. The company’s tax arrangementsin Ireland are the subject of an EU investigation. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Until a few months ago, the medieval town of Athenry in County Galway owed its fame mainly to a song. Irish rugby and football fans often burst into (...)

Written concisely and in an engaging style, Marc Stigter and Cary Cooper have produced a very worthwhile book here on the challenges of modern leadership

It’s hard being a leader in the 21st century. We know that old-style command and control doesn’t work anymore but leaders are also failing across a wh(...)