US vice-president Mike Pence: there are two scenarios in which he could be installed as president in place of a deposed Donald Trump. Photograph: Erin Schaff//AFP via Getty Images

The storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday has prompted calls by some lawmakers to remove him from office bef(...)

Regarding the new Open Notes programme in the United States, Dr Charlotte Blease told The Irish Times: ‘On a broad level, it restores a sense of control for patients.’ Photograph: iStock

If there is one health system in the world that is synonymous with lack of progress, it’s the health service in the US. Despite huge spending, health (...)

Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly and  his wife, former congresswoman Gaby Giffords,  in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: EPA/RIck D’Elia

The eyes of the world will turn to the US this week as one of the most consequential presidential elections in history takes place, yet the race to th(...)

Villagers in Xinjiang are taken  to cotton farms, sometimes hundreds of miles away. They pick the crop that ends up in Chinese clothing factories. Photograph: Adam Dean/New York Times

The order from Chinese officials was blunt and urgent. Villagers from Muslim minorities should be pushed into jobs, willing or not. Quotas would be se(...)

What used to be frozen is now thawing and is doing so remarkably quickly

Anyone considering a trip to Lapland and a chance to visit Santa’s headquarters this autumn? The elves and reindeer await you, but there is one ingred(...)

Exercising in the morning is more effective than post-3pm workouts for losing weight, a new US study has found. Photograph: iStock

People who exercise in the morning seem to lose more weight than people completing the same workouts later in the day, according to a new study of wor(...)

Experts said they do not know if this is a natural blip or long-term global warming that is finally catching up with the South Pole. Photograph: iStock

The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern conti(...)

A small body of evidence suggests that when it comes to decision-making, indoor air may matter more than we have realised. Photograph: iStock

You’re holed up with colleagues in a meeting room for two hours, hashing out a plan. Risks are weighed, decisions are made. Then, as you emerge, you r(...)

Actor, writer and director Jonah Hill in December 2018. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for GQ

Who knows where the time goes? It’s been close to a decade since I last met Jonah Hill. In 2010, he and Russell Brand – then still a plausible film st(...)

Having a good lie-in at the weekend might not make up for sleep loss during the working week, research suggests. Scientists have previously found tha(...)

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