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Minister for Health Simon Harris  described as ‘extraordinarily concerning and disturbing’ the thought that ‘anyone’s patient details could be leaked’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Simon Harris has ordered the Health Service Executive to investigate an alleged breach of patient information in relation to a wom(...)

An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland last year. Greenland’s ice is now melting faster than scientists previously thought, a recent study shows. File photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

A new analysis shows that while Earth was slightly cooler last year than the previous few years, it was still the fourth warmest year on record. With(...)

Share traders start their systems for  a trading session in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Concern over China’s economic outlook and global trade left major world stock indexes little changed on Thursday, while an end to the latest chapter i(...)

Stan & Ollie follows the comedians’ final years. How closely does it match the reality?

Young people using Yubo – a social network dubbed “Tinder for teens” – may be jeopardising their privacy and leaving themselves at risk , according to(...)

UC Berkeley-based Greater Good Science Centre carries out research on what it means to live a happier life

Now that you’re feeling decidedly more relaxed and ethical, it’s time to get happy . . . through science. The UC Berkeley-based Greater Good Science C(...)

Racegoers pictured at Leopardstown Racecourse, Co Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Near-record St Stephen’s Day temperatures brought a bumper crowd to Leopardstown for the start of this year’s Christmas festival. Ostensibly mid-wint(...)

A spokesman for WhatsApp said it “has a zero-tolerance policy around child sexual abuse”. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Videos and pictures of children being subjected to sexual abuse are being openly shared on the Facebook’s WhatsApp on a vast scale, with the encrypted(...)

He Jiankui guides a laboratory staff member at the Direct Genomics lab in Shenzhen,  China. The scientist has claimed to have  created the world’s first gene-edited twin baby girls, ‘Lulu’ and ‘Nana’, whose genetic alterations could make them immune to HIV. Photograph: VCG via Getty Images

News that Chinese scientist He Jiankui successfully applied new gene-editing technology to create genetically modified human embryos immune to the HIV(...)

We asked: How good is your college library? Is it well-organised and accessible? Photograph: iStockphoto

Last week we published an article by a student at NUI Galway in which she highlighted the conditions at the university’s Hardiman Library. We as(...)

Eoin Berkley had been barred from Dublin city centre before raping a Spanish teenager. File photograph: Collins Courts

A failure by gardaí to enforce bail conditions on a man sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday for the abduction and rape of a Spanish teenager is (...)

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