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Existing literature suggests that when people lack material security, things like food and shelter, they tend to invest in small, tight social networks. Photograph: Getty Images

Conventional wisdom is that people living in big cities are less likely than smaller towns to help strangers in need, but new research suggests the li(...)

The farmers would have viewed their farming culture as superior to that of the hunter-gatherers and would discriminate against hunter-gatherers in the social hierarchy

When farmers migrated from the Middle East into Europe about 9,000 years ago they encountered indigenous European hunter-gatherers with whom they firs(...)

Students clearly associate the need to adhere to Covid regulations with teacher authority rather than with safety and public health. Photograpgh: iStock

A workplace is the best place for work: Like so many others, my workplace and home became one and the same for the first time ever. I didn’t anticipat(...)

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The Taoiseach has Mary Lou McDonald pegged as a street angel and House devil. All sweetness and light when the spotlight is off and total drama queen (...)

The paper notes that ‘fast car fleet renewal . . . can significantly add to overall emissions due to the relatively high emissions embedded in the manufacturing and end-of-life cycle of a car’. File photograph: Getty

Increasing the price of diesel at the pumps and overhauls to the motor-tax regime are among the recommendations of the Tax Strategy Group’s pre-budget(...)

Michael Hoey: looking forward to teeing-up in the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle on the Challenge Tour. Photograph: Kevin Scott/Presseye/Inpho

Needs must in a lockdown, and in five-time European Tour winner Michael Hoey’s case, the enforced restrictions and lack of tournament play earlier thi(...)

Abeba Birhane: ‘I study embodied cognitive science, which is at the heart of how people interact and go about their daily lives and what it means to be a person.’

You recently made a big discovery – that an academic library containing millions of images used to train artificial intelligence systems had privacy a(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose looks to offload as he is tackled by Andrew Conway. Photograph: Inpho

Got the email last Wednesday. Filled in the form. Next came my time to arrive on Saturday for a temperature check. All the precautions you would expec(...)

Visitors from France enjoying their visit to Temple Bar in Dublin on March 7th, 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is little in the 161-year history of this newspaper that has been afforded the all-consuming coverage which the pandemic has had since the begin(...)

His Dark Materials: Dafne Keen and Simone Kirby struggle to find anything decent to watch on TV. Photograph: Bad Wolf/BBC

You know what it’s like trying to get a group of old friends together in a room: full diaries, non-adjacent postcodes, standard faffing, and then the (...)

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