Those who travel 20 or more nights per month typically have higher blood pressure, BMI and HDL cholesterol than those who travel no more than six nights a month, studies have shown. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The reality for those who travel extensively for work in planes, trains and automobiles is that it can be exhausting and highly disruptive to social (...)

 A child wears a  face-mask   to protect against air pollution in Beijing, China: several studies show traffic exhaust  to  be quite toxic.  Photograph: Rolex dela Pena/EPA

The view that air pollution contributes to autism is strongly held by a small but growing band of scientists who study pollution and health. They poin(...)

When I googled “how to pack your bag” last week I got 449 million results, more than “how to end poverty” and “how to cure cancer” combined

The other day I caught up with a well-travelled American friend who had outdone himself this year by managing to see penguins in Antarctica, gorillas (...)

 WT Cosgrave: he and his deputy Kevin O’Higgins expressed very serious concern about the treatment of Catholics in Northern Ireland

Sunday is the 92nd anniversary of Ireland’s biggest ever financial success when a deal was signed with the UK government to reduce Ireland’s potential(...)

Taksim Square: a man puts the finishing touches on a painting depicting Turkey’s attempted coup of July 15th, 2016. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

Successful coups alter the course of history, but even botched ones can profoundly change the direction of a country. So when, on this day last year, (...)

Aer Lingus:  IAG is to  lease  seven new Airbus long-range A321neos planes for the carrier. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

International Airlines Group announced this week that they are leasing seven new Airbus aircraft for Aer Lingus. The long range A321neos will be deliv(...)

Turkish upheavals: a supporter of President Erdogan at a rally in Ankara. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

The year was just an hour old when a man dressed in black approached the door of the nightclub, raised an automatic rifle and shot a security guard in(...)

Dr Patrick Prendergast: TCD’s membership of the league will have a positive impact on  students. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Trinity College Dublin has become the first Irish university to join a leading network of European research-intensive colleges which includes Oxford a(...)

IKEA concept needs to change more fundamentally if it is to satisfy growing number of customers requesting IKEA stores

In two medieval Dutch cities, Ikea’s most senior executives are finalising the biggest overhaul at the Swedish-born furniture empire in over 30 years.(...)

A man chooses among ballot papers at a polling station during the Swedish general election in Goteborg today. Photograph: Adam Ihse/Reuters/TT News Agency

Polls showed Sweden’s centre-left opposition heading for a narrow election victory today, on a platform of increased spending on job schemes, healthc(...)

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