From 1926 through March 2020, dividends accounted for 40.2 per cent of the total return of the S&P 500. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The swings of the stock market have been painful enough lately. But on top of the price declines that have kept many investors awake at night, another(...)

Tom McKibbin in action for  Britain and Ireland during day two of The Jacques Leglise Trophy at Aldeburgh Golf Club in Edinburgh last August. Photograph:  Luke Walker/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

At 17 years old, Northern Ireland’s Tom McKibbin can comfortably be considered one of the world’s best junior golfers. Last year, he won the prestigio(...)

Coffins in a  church in Serina, near Bergamo, in northern Italy, at the weekend. More than 3,000 people have died in the coronvirus outbreak  in the northern Lombardy regions around Milan. Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/AFP via Getty Images)

The image of dozens of military trucks coming out of Bergamo, carrying hundreds of coffins to available crematoriums, is a painful illustration of wha(...)

66 bites were documented in 2018, compared with 88 the previous year. Photograph: iStock

Researchers at a university in the United States say far fewer shark bites were reported worldwide last year. According to the University of Florida’(...)

Australia ranked behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans in 2017. Photograph: iStock

A 12-year-old girl was attacked by a shark in waters off Australia’s tropical northeast coast on Thursday, an ambulance official said, the second atta(...)

Dr Eoin Lettice and Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich of UCC’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Photograph: John Sheehan

Decisions by the Government and Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to restrict novel plant-breeding techniques and use of genetically modif(...)

TerminalFour founder and chief executive Piero Tintori

Irish technology firm TerminalFour experienced double-digit growth this year leading to it securing €4.2 million in new business wins. The company sa(...)

Aaron Hernandez stood in Attleboro District Court in 2013. Photo: Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Such is the dysfunctional state of the sport just now that one of the most seismic moments in recent NFL history occurred in a lecture hall at Boston (...)

White House chief of staff John Kelly said an investigation was under way into the circumstances surrounding the ambush that killed four US troops in Niger earlier this month. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

White House chief of staff John Kelly defended US president Donald Trump’s handling of a phone call with the widow of a fallen US soldier as the four-(...)

Prof Séamus Davis of Cornell University.

The search for the superconductor of the future has taken a significant step forward following a breakthrough by six research teams in the US and Euro(...)

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