Girl power: A girl poses beside the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue that  appeared opposite Wall Street’s iconic bull in March this year

Taking the worry out of money The Mercer’s Inside Employees’ Minds survey in the US found that personal financial issues impact professional performa(...)

A rendering of the proposed artificial floating island project in a tropical lagoon in French Polynesia, designed as a response to climate change. Photograph: Seasteading Institute via The New York Times

You might call it a Noah’s Ark for an era of melting polar ice sheets. An audacious plan to respond to climate change by building a city of floating i(...)

The statue of Sir Edward Carson, a leader of the Irish unionists, seen through a broken link at the Stormont Assembly building in Belfast. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

Arlene Foster survived a vote of no confidence at the Northern Ireland Assembly before Christmas. The BBC’s Ten O’Clock News decided to cover the matt(...)

Smoke billows from a coking factory in Hefei, Anhui province in China. In China, burning coal was the biggest contributor to air pollution. This alone was responsible for around 366,000 Chinese deaths in 2013. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people each year, new research has shown. Most of the deaths occur in China and India, two of the world’s f(...)

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness, of Sinn Féin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Political and economic unification of Ireland could potentially deliver a €35.6 billion boost in GDP for the island in the first eight years, accordin(...)

“Children who went through Quebec’s child-care system were more likely to commit a crime, have poor health and experience lower levels of life satisfaction.”

Childcare is one of the biggest worries faced by parents working outside the home. They worry about the cost, they worry about the quality, and they w(...)

Mind map, with Tony Buzan in the centre, taken from tonybuzan.com

It all started when he noticed that students who doodled on their study notes were getting good results in their examinations. Their notes weren’t nea(...)

MRI scan showing a human brain. Researchers have successfully shut down brain swelling in a rodent brain by turning off a single gene.  Photograph: Getty Images

Researchers have identified a biological switch that shuts down brain swelling after a head injury or stroke. The discovery has widespread medical imp(...)

People queing to play the Lotto in the St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke.

More than half the population played National Lottery games on a regular basis last year, but in reality there is almost no probability of winning big(...)

An image from the Department of Education as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

My first encounter with everyday sadism came in the form of a teacher who was at his happiest when administering punishment to his pupils.This punishm(...)

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