Newcastle University PHD student Max Kelly (24)  views washing machine filters, one with microfibres collected following a delicate wash (left) compared with a filter from a normal wash cycle showing less collected microfibres. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Wrongly using a delicate cycle for everyday laundry is causing hundreds of thousands of extra microfibres to be released into our water systems and en(...)

Young socialists demonstrate at a meeting held by Conservative MP for Smethwick Peter Griffiths in Birmingham in 1965. Photograph: Jobson/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

I wanted to write about where I now lived, England, but I had no pre-existing knowledge of the place, no map to guide me. Eventually I found the ans(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Britain’s minister for the cabinet office David Lidington, and  secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley during a press conference in London at the signing of the Common Travel Area deal. Photograph: Reuters/Henry Nicholls

The British and Irish governments have signed an agreement that formally outlines the provisions of the Common Travel Area (CTA) for the first time an(...)

Dilston Physic Garden in Northumberland is “full of the plants that doctors used as medicine prior to the use of chemical drugs”.

Twenty years ago, neuroscientist Elaine Perry began to plant a rather unusual garden. It was a “physic garden”, which, she explains, is a garden that(...)

When it comes to exercise, we think about how to “get” fit. But often, starting out is not the problem. “The big problem is maintaining it,” says Falk(...)

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 (...)

Flooding in the Ringsend area of Dublin in 2002 after the Dodder burst its banks

All European cities are set to be hit harder by future extreme weather events than previously thought, with Cork, Dublin, Waterford and Derry among th(...)

Charlotte Guy (17) took her own life after she accidentally sent a Snapchat message to her on-off boyfriend revealing that she had slept with someone else, an inquest has heard. Photograph: GoFundMe

A 17-year-old British girl took her own life after she accidentally sent a Snapchat message to her on-off boyfriend revealing that she had slept with (...)

A patient reacts to noises during a Newcastle University study on misophonia. Photograph: Newcastle University/PA Wire

Scans have shown that people who find the sounds of chewing or breathing unbearable have a genuine brain abnormality, according to scientists. While (...)

Cannabis as a medicine has the uncommon property of having no lethal dose which means that it has never killed any patient, ever.

There was great joy in the Dáil last Thursday with the passing of the People Before Profit Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 through its(...)

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