French economist Thomas Piketty has transformed our understanding of inequality via an extraordinary research programme.

Thomas Piketty has transformed our understanding of inequality via an extraordinary research programme that is, among many things, a monumental trawl (...)

A police officer patrols the perimeter of the Altamira prison in Pará state, where 58 people were killed in a fight between rival gangs.  Photograph:  Bruno Santos/AFP/Getty Images

After the flames were extinguished and guards regained a semblance of control over the prison in northern Brazil where a gang fight left 58 dead, offi(...)

UK chancellor Philip Hammond has fired the starting pistol on the government’s search for a new Bank of England governor to replace the central bank’s current chief, Mark Carney

UK chancellor Philip Hammond has fired the starting pistol on the government’s search for a new Bank of England governor to replace the central bank’s(...)

Sequencing is important in sports: penalty shoot-outs in football, service order in tennis tie-breaks and choice of colour in chess matches. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

It is common practice in science to name important advances after the first discoverer or inventor. However, this process often goes awry. A humorous (...)

US president Donald Trump’s doctor said: ‘it is my determination that the president remains in very good health overall.’ Photograph:  The New York Times

US president Donald Trump has gained weight over the past year and is now in the obese range, although he remains in “very good health overall,” acco(...)

In 2014, John Cryan, a professor at University College Cork in Ireland, attended a meeting in California about Alzheimer’s. He was not an expert on d(...)

Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, warned the political response to the refugee crisis was allowing “abuses of human rights to be carried out unchecked”. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty

The 1951 refugee convention, which protects the basic human rights of refugees and asylum seekers, is at risk of “collapsing” or being “fatally weaken(...)

A quick perusal of the archives of The Irish Times reveals that sleeping disorders and insomnia are no modern phenomenon

In the first of a series looking at the archives of The Irish Times concerning health, even a quick perusal reveals that sleeping disorders and insomn(...)

United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photograph: AFP PHOTO/NASA/BILL INGALLS

A last-minute technical problem has delayed Nasa’s unprecedented flight to the sun. The launch countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds (...)

‘Loneliness is a problem which faces too many of our people, and in particular older people,’ said Minister of State Sean Kyne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Loneliness was as bad for a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It meant sufferers were more likely to suffer dementia, heart disease and (...)

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