Moderate coffee drinking – three to five cups a day – has proven health benefits. Photograph: iStock

We’ve come a long way as coffee drinkers, with our oat milk lattes, cold brews and Frappuccinos. Some of us are still very utilitarian about the drink(...)

One way to cultivate joy is by contemplating other people’s happiness and sharing the good feelings that arise from it. Image: iStock

I have no time for begrudgery, so I was glad to learn that welcoming the good fortune of other people makes us happier. I used to see begrudgers as m(...)

“Many of the people who are terrifying kids about screens, they have hit a vein of attention from society and they are going to ride that. But that is super bad for society.” Photograph: iStock

It has become common wisdom that too much time spent on smartphones and social media is responsible for a recent spike in anxiety, depression and othe(...)

Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman, Climate Change Advisory Council and Prof Frank Mitloehner, University of California at the IFA’s Climate Action in Agriculture conference in Dublin . Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

It does not make sense that Ireland is regarded as producing more greenhouse gases than Los Angeles, a city of 13 million people, a US scientist has t(...)

Fintan O’Toole; Joan Freeman;  Prof Mary McAleese, Patrick Prendergast,  Prof Terry Hughes,  Mary Harney and  Michael Gazzaniga at the ceremony on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole was conferred with an honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin on Friday. It was the first ceremony conducted(...)

James Sinka and Andrew Fleischer during a dopamine fast, in their apartment in San Francisco. Photograph: Peter Prato/The New York Times

Everything was going really well for the men. Women wanted to talk to them; investors wanted to invest; their new site got traffic; phones were buzzin(...)

 A wind-driven fire burns along Faught Road during the Kincade fire in Windsor, California. Photograph: Philip Pacheco / AFP/ Getty Images

Flames forced thousands of residents from Los Angeles neighbourhoods out of their homes and threatened the city’s famed Getty Centre museum on Monday(...)

Rick Shaw bartends using light from a lantern at the Town Square Sports Bar in Sonoma, California, on Wednesday. photograph:  Brittany Hosea-Small/AFP

Electricity was shut off to nearly 750,000 California homes and workplaces on Wednesday as Pacific Gas and Electric Co (PG&E) imposed a string of (...)

Renée Zellweger: ‘I stopped recognising that I had to take care of myself.’ Photograph: Ryan Pfluger/New York Times

“We will start this interview at some point,” I insisted to Renée Zellweger. “No, no,” she said. It was mid-August, and I had gone to the Beverly Wi(...)

‘Sometimes, though, we hear of baffling cases of suicide in which the person who died seemed to have everything going for them.’ File photograph: Getty

Never kill yourself while you are suicidal. So wrote Edwin Shneidman in his book The Suicidal Mind (published by Oxford University Press). Prof Shnei(...)

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