Stock photo of Lake MooseLookmeguntic near Rangeley, Maine, US.  Photograph: Getty Images

The advert painted an idyllic picture of White’s Island. For $449,000 (€369,000) you could buy 143 acres of forests with sweeping views of the rugged(...)

The body mass index formula may be simple – take your weight (in kilograms), and divide by the square of your height (in metres) – but is it worth using?

There are few single measures in healthcare that seem to carry as much weight as body mass index, or BMI. We encounter it not just at doctors’ offices(...)

The all-female shortlist for Trinity College Dublin’s next provost includes Prof Linda Doyle, dean of research; Prof Linda Hogan, a theologian and former vice-provost; and Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, a high-profile historian. Photograph: iStock

Trinity College Dublin will unveil the first female provost to lead the university in its 429-year history on Saturday afternoon. About 860 full-time(...)

Prof Mike Weed from the University of Canterbury, who studied 27,000 Covid-19 cases, says outdoor gatherings are safe if accompanied by proper risk management. File photograph: iStock

Just one confirmed case of Covid-19 in every thousand is traced to outdoor transmission, new figures reveal. Of the 232,164 cases of Covid-19 record(...)

US vice-president Mike Pence and President Donald Trump. Photograph:  Michael Reynolds

For vice-president Mike Pence, the moment of truth had arrived. After three years and 11 months of navigating the treacherous waters of President Dona(...)

Members of the media and police officers surround a vehicle carrying John Clancey after his arrest on Wednesday during an apparent crackdown on pro-democracy figures. Photograph: Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg.

Hong Kong police have arrested 53 pro-democracy politicians in one of the biggest purges of the city’s opposition since Beijing imposed a tough new na(...)

Skyler Badillo complained she had been sexually harassed by former Spanish international David Villa. File photograph: Getty Images

At the start of the third quarter, Vanderbilt University’s Sarah Fuller strode on to the field and squibbed the ball 30 yards into Missouri territory.(...)

As a writer, Julia O’Faolain, who lived most of her adult live abroad, was not particularly well-known in Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Julia O’Faolain, writer, born June 6th, 1932, died October 27th, 2020 The London-born Irish writer Julia O’Faolain has died following a long illness.(...)

Prof Terry Tao’s Hamilton lecture will draw on his childhood fascination with astronomy and distances between planets.

Terry Tao is probably the world’s best problem solver in mathematics – the skill that is the essence of this essential creative science. So it’s more(...)

A woman wearing a Niqab Islamic dress, in Rotterdam. The Dutch ban applies  in public places such as schools, hospitals, government offices, and on public transport, though not on the street. Photograph: Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty    Images

No matter how you look at it politically, there’s more than a little irony in growing demands for the year-old Dutch burka ban to be rescinded because(...)

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