Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen waves as he is honored for his 20 years of team ownership before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist, has died aged 65. His death wa(...)

For women, the highest numbers were found in Ukraine (4.2), and Andorra, Luxembourg and Belarus (all at 3.4). Photograph: Getty Images

The “myth of the drunk Irish man” is probably inaccurate, according to the author of a major international study on alcohol consumption which finds Ir(...)

The pill: there is no clinical reason why women should still require a prescription for oral or transdermal contraceptives.

A little over two months ago the Irish people voted overwhelmingly to allow the Oireachtas to legislate for termination of pregnancy. This was a signi(...)

A fossil seedfern leaf which is 200 million years old. Photograph: Mark Widhalm, Field Museum Chicago

What can we learn from fossil plants and pollen? Plenty, it turns out, including how the Earth “greened” and how plants survived past periods of clima(...)

Between 2014 and 2017,  the world has experienced the four warmest years on record. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters

A weakening of major ocean currents in the Northern Atlantic, including the Gulf Stream that warms Ireland, could trigger a sudden change to Ireland’s(...)

An American panel of public health experts have concluded that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who (...)

The scene after an Amtrak high-speed train derailled from an overpass near the city of Tacoma, Washington state. Photograph: Getty Images

The train that careered off an overpass in Washington state, killing at least three people, was travelling 50mph (80km/h) over the speed limit when it(...)

The Niederaussem coal-fired power plant operated by German utility RWE. Photograph:   Lukas Schulze/Getty

Predictions about the likely impact of global warming up to the start of the next century have become more accurate through the use of new mathematica(...)

Dr Stephen Shore: “It took my parents a whole year to get a diagnosis. When they did, the doctors said they had never seen a child who had been so sick.”

When he was 2½, Stephen Shore could not speak. He was diagnosed as “psychotic”, with “atypical development and strong autistic tendencies”, and doctor(...)

After completely new signs were stuck over the top of existing ones, self-driving cars were fooled 100 per cent of the time. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Picture the scene: you’re driving along in your shiny new box on wheels, and letting the car’s electronics take most, if not all, of the strain. The c(...)

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