British prime minister Boris Johnson visiting a  hospital in Reading, west  London.  He is weighing up whether to scrap his three-tiered local lockdown approach. Photograph:   Jeremy Selwyn/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Downing Street came under pressure on Thursday to introduce a more stringent national lockdown across England, as growing scientific evidence indicate(...)

European and world champions Liverpool have been dominant at Anfield in recent seasons and they are two wins away from claiming the Premier League title. File photograph: Getty Images

And so, we’re back. The Prince (an awkward embodiment of financial necessity and the perceived need for a circus to entertain the frustrated masses) h(...)

 Motivation is volatile and not easy to sustain when cut adrift from the normal workplace. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Motivation is a slippery fish at the best of times. It’s unbelievably fragile as anyone who has made and broken new year resolutions faster than the s(...)

According to one study, for each additional daily serving of ultra-processed food, mortality risk relatively increased by 18 per cent. Photograph: iStock

A fresh link between “junk” food and cardiovascular disease and death has been highlighted in two major European studies published by one of the world(...)

An exercise class  off the coast of Marseille on Tuesday as a heatwave continues across northern Europe, with wildfires breaking out in northern Scandinavia and Greece. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Rising global temperatures caused by human activity are making the heatwaves gripping the northern hemisphere more likely, scientists warn. Extreme h(...)

The State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology in Moscow. Novichok nerve agents were allegedly developed by scientists at the institute in the 1970s and 1980s. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May’s confirmation that the substance used in the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal belonged to the Novichok class of (...)

Summer thunderstorms are projected to increase in frequency and intensity, often triggering flash floods. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The latest analysis of weather patterns in the US shows the world is likely to facing a warmer, wetter climate combined with more frequent, intense th(...)

A visualisation of the path of Storm Ophelia as it was expected to hit Ireland, from the Earthwindmap website

Just over a week ago, near Cape Verde in the Atlantic Ocean, there was a significant wave moving east. The essential ingredient for a potential hurric(...)

Johnny Murphy plays Estragon in Beckett’s ‘Waiting For Godot’ at the Gate.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lapsed Catholics among Irish writers seemed to have been more favourably disposed towards Jews, according to a British author and academic. “I think (...)

The EU’s instinct over the past decade has been to do the minimum necessary – a policy that has left it pathetically weak.

Does president Donald Trump want to destroy the EU? We cannot answer this question definitely, but the signals he has sent out suggest the bloc should(...)

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