North Korean leader Kim Jong-un receives applause at Thursday’s plenary meeting of his ruling Workers’ Party’s central committee. Photograph: STR/KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un urged preparation for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States, state news agency KCNA said on Friday, (...)

Spermatazoa: something that’s going on in a man’s body one month may be totally different from what’s happening the next month. Illustration: SciePro/iStock/Getty

Male scientists have long waxed poetic on the contents of their testes. “Sperm is a drop of brain,” wrote the ancient Greek writer Diogenes Laertius. (...)

Jean Andrews, Superpedestrian director of policy for Ireland. The company says it will employ between 60 to 100 people and invest €15 million in its first year of operation in the Republic. Photograph: Paddy McGrath

Electric scooter sharing scheme provider Superpedestrian is weighing up plans to establish a European R&D centre of excellence in the Republic. T(...)

(Stan) Kroenke out, Spotify in, at Arsenal? Photograph: John Walton/PA.

Image of the week: Kroenke call Arsenal fans don’t have much love for Stan Kroenke, the club’s majority shareholder since 2011 through Kroenke Sports(...)

Workers load oxygen cylinders at a refilling station on the outskirts of Prayagraj, India.  Photograph: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

India ordered its armed forces on Monday to help tackle surging new coronavirus infections, as nations including Britain, Germany and the United Stat(...)

Television screens show file footage of North Korea’s missile test. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty

North Korea has conducted its second significant weapons test in the past week, raising one of the first big foreign policy challenges for President J(...)

While experts broadly agree that plug-in vehicles are a more climate-friendly option than traditional vehicles, they can still have their own environmental impacts, depending on how they’re charged up and manufactured. Illustration: The New York Times

Around the world, governments and carmakers are promoting electric vehicles as a key technology to curb oil use and fight climate change. General Moto(...)

HubSpot’s offices in Dublin. The latest accounts for the company show those employed increased by 157 people to 641 last year.

Marketing software company HubSpot, which has been growing its presence in the Republic, has reported a sharp rise in revenues at its Irish operation.(...)

Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment Ireland is urging people to recycle old equipment to help ensure there are sustainable reserves of the material needed to power these devices in the first place.

Failing to recycle old phones and laptops is leaving us with a looming shortage of vital raw material for batteries to power new equipment, experts wa(...)

Some eight per cent of participants in one study were labelled ‘radically dishonest’. Illustration: Scott Menchin/The New York Times

In this age of trolls and bots and digital impostors, words like “crank” and “bully” seem impossibly antiquated, like labels from the black-and-white (...)

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