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US consumer sentiment rose this month amid more-favourable personal finances, while tariffs weighed on Americans’ optimism for the economy and helped (...)

Consumer sentiment fell in April to its lowest level since December as households remained cautious about Ireland’s economic prospects and their own f(...)

Bread supplies at Dunne’s Stores St Stephens Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

This morning at 4am I was awoken by the sound of people walking up my road having a loud conversation. The silence of the night and the thick padding (...)

Research shows that while things like free membership of gyms and art museums might get employees in the door, what keeps them there are much less glitzy perks: good health insurance, adequate time off, decent pension and retirement planning, dental benefits and parental leave

When it comes to wellbeing at work, “casual Fridays” and an “eat me” sticker on a fruit bowl in the office kitchen just don’t make the grade anymore. (...)

Reddit mascots are displayed at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco: Shutting down  forums dedicated to abusive content reduced the levels of hate on the popular online message board. Photograph: Reuters.

There are, and always have been, and probably always will be, trolls, scoundrels and reprobates on the internet. It is a problem that has vexed multi(...)

Free speech on college campuses is under threat from advancing political correctness, which increasingly dictates that the right not to be offended is given priority over freedom of speech. File photograph: iStock

Robust debate, challenging ideas, dissenting opinion and free speech. These are the central tenets of campus life - helping young people to broaden t(...)

Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, who described as “alternative facts” White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s false claims about the size of the crowd at President Donald Trump’s inauguration

These days, it feels like we are either coming across fake news and “alternative facts” or hearing about how we should tackle this growing problem. (...)

Taraji P Henson as Katherine Johnson in the film Hidden Figures, who was pivotal in sending US astronaut John Glenn to space

I recently watched the movie Hidden Figures and was incredibly moved by the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who wor(...)

Violet sea snail: Janthina janthina makes a raft of bubbles by trapping air in a film of mucus that hardens into something like cellophane. Illustration: Michael Viney

The saga of evolutionary chance has come up with some improbable pairings of predators and prey. How unlikely that a snail that lives on the seabed sh(...)

A vendor at her roadside stall in New York: data on Friday showed a dip in consumer sentiment in February

New US single-family home sales rose less than expected in January, likely hurt by flooding in California, but continued to point to a strengthening h(...)

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