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(...)

Ashoka Mody, economics professor at Princeton University, New Jersey, said a crackdown on tax shifting by US authorities was the most likely source of pressure on Ireland

Ireland rebounded so robustly from the financial crisis due largely to its favourable corporate tax regime, according to Ashoka Mody, the former head (...)

Prof Dan Siegel (left), Senator Frances Black, Mary Lovegrove and Michael Griffith from Mindful Nation Ireland, and UK MP Chris Ruane

It seems like a big ask – expecting politicians to set aside daily time to meditate so that they can focus better on the multiple demands on their att(...)

Small biosensing robots may soon have a role in medicine and agriculture.

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California have created a tiny robot that can be controlled by bacteria. This doesn’t m(...)

Laura Deming: ‘The idea was to starve a worm, mutate it, and then laser its gonads off, which increases the worm lifespan by 60 per cent’

Laura Deming is early for the interview in the restaurant in San Francisco’s hip Mission district, bent over a book. Bathed in the light streaming thr(...)

Prof Damien Woods of Maynooth University. Photograph: Daniel Balteanu

An Irish scientist, now working at Maynooth University, has helped create DNA molecules that, when combined together, can perform the functions of a t(...)

The link to autism was found where pesticides, such as weedkiller, had been used within 2km of the mother’s home during her pregnancy, and the child’s first year

The risk of a child developing autism may increase if they are exposed to pesticides while in the womb, or during the first year of their life, a new (...)

When Nasa needed help for their moon mission they came to Dublin looking for Denis O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke

I have often wondered why people here seem to be so indifferent about the accomplishments made on a regular basis by the many fine scientists we have (...)

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