South Korean students take their College Scholastic Ability Test at a school amid the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday in in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

More than 64.5 million cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide with more than 1.4 million deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Ho(...)

Dr Mary Canning, President of th Royal Irish Academy. Photograph: Johnny Bambury.

The setting up of an independent network of scientific advisers is needed to advise government “on the formidable scientific challenges facing Ireland(...)

Depending on which group of experts you refer to for your calculations, 30 minutes of Netflix amounts to driving between .5 and 4 miles in terms of CO2 emissions. Photograph: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

If someone told me a month ago that the name on everybody’s lips is going to be Joe Exotic, I would have been understandably confused. But it’s true: (...)

Aside from hiring a third-party organisation to fact-check posts, should social media platforms shoulder more responsibility? The algorithm that serves content to users, after all, is designed to maximise eyeballs on screens regardless of that content.

It was Jonathan Swift who said in 1710 that “falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it”. Fittingly, a version of this quote is almost always (...)

Catherine (Cady) Coleman with fans at Dublin’s IMAX theatre on Thursday. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

As a space-mad child, Catherine (Cady) Coleman missed the moon landings in 1969. She was eight going on nine and staying at her grandparents house in (...)

Does the Charter for Compassion get us closer to doing unto others as we would want them to do unto us?

Last month RTÉ showed a programme called Divorcing God. Its theme was whether the decline in Catholic religious practice in Ireland was depriving soci(...)

 Former mob boss and fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger was a key figure in the Irish-American mobster world of south Boston and was also involved with the IRA. Handout photograph: US Marshals Service/US Department of Justice/Reuters

Irish-American criminal James “Whitey” Bulger was found dead in a West Virginia prison on Tuesday, bringing to an end the life of one of America’s mos(...)

While the step-counter industry has led to a generation of fitness lovers fixated on achieving 10,000 steps, there is no known upper ceiling on how much is good for us.

In recent years, the 10,000-steps-a-day regime has become entrenched in popular culture. You can barely walk down the street without someone stomping (...)

Rosie Jefferies and her son Arthur: he knows “what buttons to push”.

Rosie Jefferies spent the first six years of her life in a household of trauma and neglect before being removed from her parents, along with a sister,(...)

Icebergs in the northern Weddell Sea off Antarctica:  ice loss is speeding up and adding even more to rising sea levels. Photograph: John Sonntag/Nasa via The New York Times

It may be the remotest region in the world but Antarctica is “intimately coupled” with the rest of the planet and human society, according to a group (...)

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