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(...)

Alzheirmer’s treatment: The Implantation of brain probes was considered too invasive. Photograph: Getty Images

Controlling brainwaves using a flickering LED light may provide a way to halt and then reverse the changes that occur in the brains of Alzheimer’s pat(...)

Hair raising: Stormy weather at Palmers Rock in Salthill, Galway, on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

If the weather this winter seems stormier than usual, that is because it is. It is every bit as bad as the storm-ridden winter of 2013-14, according (...)

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon  near Athlone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Cabinet has agreed a number of measures expected to help control flooding along the Shannon and elsewhere, but will this latest investment have an(...)

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