Animals that pass the mirror test have large brains relative to body size and have higher levels of empathy and social awareness. You might wonder about ants passing the test, but the brains of some ant species constitutes 15 per cent of body mass

The mirror test, developed in 1970 by evolutionary psychologist Gordon Gallup, State University of New York, is used to test whether or not an animal (...)

Paula Saunders: “One of the things that we can all do is remember how short a time we’re going to have together. Remember that at the end of your life, it’s going to look different than it does this minute.”

Last July, on a Greek island outcrop overhanging the Aegean, US author Paula Saunders gave her first public reading from her superb debut novel, The D(...)

The study analysed more than 250 bottles from 27 lots and 11 different brands from around the world. Photograph: iStock

The World Health Organisation has announced it is to review the potential risks of plastic in drinking water after studies found micro particles in po(...)

As well as my love of a healthy home-cooked hotpot, I also harbour  positive associations with Coco Pops and Happy Meals. Photograph: Getty Images

While some take the detox route for January, my strategy is to serve up comfort food as an accompaniment to the peace and quiet of the first month of (...)

Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher said Lewis Love would bring “extensive experience” to his role as chief operating officer. Photograph: Frank Miller

Bank of Ireland has appointed Lewis Love as its new chief operating officer, responsible for its group manufacturing division. He will take up this(...)

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. Photograph: Thinkstock.

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be(...)

The crooked teeth and lower jaw of an Early Neolithic farmer Photograph: Olivia Cheronet

Farming arose 12,000 years ago. It taught us how to grow food instead of having to fight and kill it to feed ourselves, but it also created a need tho(...)

New York governor Andrew Cuomo: has proposed tax-free zones centred on the state’s public universities to attract jobs.  Photograph: Nathaniel Brooks/The New York Times

While Apple, Starbucks and other big companies are drawing scrutiny in Washington for their low tax rates and use of jurisdictions such as Ireland, N(...)