RM Smyllie in 1949

It would be hard to imagine a less “typical” figure than the Irish Times editor RM Smyllie. He hit his tee shots with a nine iron. His speech was a bi(...)

Penny Marshall at the  2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in  Hollywood. Photograph: Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Penny Marshall, who has died in Los Angeles at the age of 77, will forever hold a place in Hollywood history. In 1988, her delightful comedy, Big, sta(...)

Tim Curry in It (1990).

Otto the Clown, aka Edward Fossett Junior, is a fifth generation performer at Fossett’s Circus. At the height of last year’s clown-related hysteria – (...)

The 16,000 Tsimane people who hunt, fish and farm on the Maniqui River in the Amazon rainforest in the Bolivian lowlandshave the healthiest hearts

How would you feel if some 60 per cent of your diet was made up of fruit, vegetables and nuts? And if your daily exercise target was 16,000 to 17,000 (...)

Denis Bergin on graduation day in 1966 with his parents Richard and Mary.

On a recent Sunday, some 40 elderly men gathered to mark 50 years since graduation. The Maynooth Class of 1966. Back in September 1963, dressed in uni(...)

Worker takes a break in a garlic field in California: a survey has found Hispanics are far more likely than whites to view global warming as a problem that affects them personally. Photograph:  Matt Black/The New York Times

Alfredo Padilla grew up in Texas as a migrant farmworker who followed the harvest with his parents to pick sugar beets in Minnesota each summer. He ha(...)

Mexican authorities launched an alert in several states of the country after the robbery of medical equipment (above) that contains radioactive material of low intensity but that is still dangerous if its magnetic head is broken. The states in alert are Queretaro, Estado de Mexico, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Puebla and the Mexican capital city. Photograph: EPA/Sener
Mexico radioactive material found
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  • December 5, 2013, 06:38

A missing shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, said to be able to kill within days, has been found near the spot where a stolen lorry transportin(...)

Liver disease specialist Dr Sanjeev Arora set up project Echo.

Waiting lists for rheumatology consultants could be significantly reduced by an online initiative to treat patients, which will be launched in Kildare(...)

To say: “Oh dear this pasta is disgustingly soggy” simply draws the guests’ attention to how overcooked it is, which otherwise they might not have noticed. Worse, it then obliges them to say: “But no! It’s delicious.” Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Last week I had a drink with a woman who has just landed one of the biggest jobs in her industry. Over a couple of grapefruit negronis she told me she(...)