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The decade-old Irish mindfulness boom shows no sign of abating, yet some leading exponents are beginning to cotton on to what Buddhist practitioners h(...)

Psychologists at Spain’s University of Granada describe Post Holiday Syndrome as the gloom you feel after going away and the subsequent anxiety and upset of having to do some work again

It’s September. The kids are back at school. The M50 resembles a car park and it’s getting darker earlier every evening. Taking it all into account, i(...)

Some sugar is staring you in the face –  others  can be more tricky to detect

There’s no escaping it. Sugar is the bad boy of the food world, with all that implies. It’s naughty, exciting and irresistible – so much so that respe(...)

The UK Houses of Parliament following the attack by Khalid Masood: his wife Farzana fled their three-month-old marriage after violence from her “controlling psychopath” husband. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

No evidence emerged that Khalid Masood had been radicalised in prison in 2003, or had an association with Islamic State or al-Qaeda, but “there was cl(...)

A new study has aimed to explain the reasons behind pandas’ black and white fur. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scientists in California say they have determined why giant pandas have such distinctive black and white fur. In a study published in the journal Be(...)

Smashed windows line an office building’s lobby following a protest against Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in Berkeley, California, on Wednesday. Photograph: Noah Berger/EPA

Hundreds of protesters at the University of California at Berkeley on Wednesday smashed windows, set fires and clashed with police as they forced a ri(...)

The moth has yellowish flakes that cover its head which the researcher likened to the hairdo of Trump. Photograph:  Vazrick Nazari

A Canadian researcher has discovered a new species of moth native to California and has named it after Donald Trump. The moth has yellowish flakes t(...)

The hidden  influence of Christianity: can human morality survive without it? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John H Evans, a sociology professor at University of California, has written a new book, What Is a Human? What the Answers Mean for Human Rights. Havi(...)

Harte scans the horizon for a herd: “There’s very little infrastructure there – we have to bring in our own water. But it’s funny how little you really need to be totally comfortable and happy.”

David Attenborough has a lot to answer for. I don’t even own a kitten, and yet I struggled to get through an episode of Planet Earth – which complete(...)

An advertisement for a magazine featuring US President-elect Donald Trump on the cover at a news stand in Shanghai. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/Getty Images

The Chinese government is a despicable, parasitic, brutal, brass-knuckled, crass, callous, amoral, ruthless and totally totalitarian imperialist power(...)