Considering the benefits of modern-day sanitation, vaccinations and healthcare, the likelihood of getting sick from our shoes is ‘infinitesimally small as to almost be unwarranted’. Photograph: iStock

Maybe you kick off your shoes at home because you don’t want to track dirt across clean carpets or floors, or maybe it’s just a relief to shed them. (...)

Darlene Coker is shown with her thoracic surgeon David Sugarbaker

Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her(...)

Text-based passwords are hard to remember and so people tend to favour easy to remember ones that are also insecure.
Science of better passwords

How many passwords do you have? If they’re difficult to hack then how hard are they to remember and how often do one or two slip your mind? A Rutgers (...)

Students who used smartphones or laptops in class for non-academic purposes had exam scores at least 5 per cent lower than the control group, a study has found. Photographer: Yuya Shino/Bloomberg

A study from Rutgers University in the United States shows that use of smartphones, tablets or laptops in class for non-academic purposes is linked to(...)

Dr Heather Lally of GMIT with a  drone

Unmanned aircraft or drones are to be used to test water quality in western lakes. Scientists at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) believe (...)

Harvey Weinstein: Did his impeccable liberal credentials make it harder for women to accuse him of repellent behaviour? Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Consent in sexual relations should be a minimum standard. It has become the maximum standard instead, and the end result is not pretty. For example, (...)

Donald Trump: Urged law enforcement officials and his own supporters to monitor polling stations for electoral fraud. Photograph: New York Times

In the face of a sharp slide in his poll numbers against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has done the u(...)

Brothers  Brahim El Bakraoui (left) and Khalid El Bakraoui, identified as two of the suicide bombers in the Brussels attacks. Experts warned that extremists were trying to recruit entire families in Europe, portending the possibility of yet another evolution in jihadism. Photograph: EPA/Interpol

The identification of Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui as suicide bombers in the deadly Brussels attacks is confronting investigators and counterterror(...)

Stage, script and screen: Nuala Goodman, Sharon Horgan, Ros Hubbard, Saoirse Ronan, Eavan Boland and Belinda McKeon

Saoirse Ronan Actor The success of Brooklyn, driven by Ronan’s beautiful performance, has elevated her to another level. She has emerged from the n(...)

Hillary Clinton dances with DJ Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss and Ellen Degeneres during a taping of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ in New York. Photograph:  Lucas Jackson/Reuters

It was hard to say which was more awkward: Hillary Clinton dancing on Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show or Jeb Bush explaining to Stephen Colbert on his fir(...)

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