“Baldness insults seem to be predicated on the idea of profound failing in the baldee. Only out of charity has the hirsute community been pretending not to notice their grotesque deformity.” Photograph: Getty Images

If someone wants to put the boot into me on Twitter, they will sometimes deploy the B-word: you baldy bastard would be a typically alliterat(...)

A couple who had an Islamic marriage in England have lost their High Court challenge to a refusal to allow them marry in Ireland in a civil ceremony.

A couple who had an Islamic marriage in England have lost their High Court challenge to a refusal to allow them marry in Ireland in a civil ceremony.(...)

1) Work out to beat bugs Most people know about the benefits of exercise for our hearts, waistlines, muscles and bones. Fewer are aware of how it sup(...)

An undated picture shows a magnification of a lab-grown fully matured human egg ready for fertilization. Handout via Doctor David Albertini/University of Edinburgh/Reuters

Human eggs have been fully grown in a laboratory for the first time, in what scientists hope could be a breakthrough in improving fertility treatment.(...)

Microwaves account for the largest percentage of sales of all types of ovens in the EU, with numbers set to reach nearly 135 million by 2020. Photograph: iStock

Microwave ovens are responsible for the emission of as much carbon dioxide in the EU annually as nearly seven million cars, according to a new study. (...)

There was a sharp rise in self-harm reported in general practices among girls aged 13-16 years from 2011 to 2014, compared with boys of the same age, (...)

Turing was a visionary mathematician  who broke the Nazis’ second world war Enigma code

A lost collection of nearly 150 letters from the codebreaker Alan Turing has been uncovered in an old filing cabinet at the University of Manchester. (...)

Dr Hagai Levine, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who co-led the research, said the  study “is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count, with the goal of prevention.” Photograph: Hebrew University/PA

Sperm counts of Western men are in a “shocking” downward spiral that poses a potential threat to fertility in industrialised countries, a major study (...)

An injured woman is helped away from the scene in Manchester following an IRA bomb blast in June 1996. File photograph: Malcolm Croft/PA

At 10pm on Monday I walked out of the shadowy corridors of Manchester Town Hall, which had just been hosting a civic reception for Maria Balshaw, the (...)

Irish-born women living in Britain earn an average of £18.04 per hour, compared to £17.39 for Irish men and £13.21 for British-born women. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish women in Britain earn significantly more than either British or Irish men in the UK, new research reveals. Irish women are the only women from (...)

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