A plan to put driverless cars on the roads without steering wheels or human-operated brakes has been removed, after a US transport regulator indicated  a robot could meet the legal definition of a driver. Photograph:  Getty Images

A significant barrier to Google’s plan to put driverless cars on the roads without steering wheels or human-operated brakes has been removed, after a (...)

Microsoft recently placed a prototype of a self-contained data centre 30 feet under water in the Pacific Ocean. Photograph: Microsoft/NYT

Taking a page from Jules Verne, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centres may be under the sea. Microsoft has tested a prototype of(...)

Beyonce performs during the half-time show during the NFL’s Super Bowl 50 football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in California on Sunday. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Beyonce has confirmed she will perform at Dublin's Croke Park on July 9th this year, just over a month after Bruce Springsteen is due to take the sam(...)

Beyonce and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform during half-time at the NFL’s Super Bowl 50 football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, California. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars performed a set of their chart-topping hits during an energetic and colourful performance at the Super Bowl. The (...)

The historic cable car in San francisco

We are travelling to a family wedding in San Francisco in May. We have flights booked for a stay of 12 days. We have never visited this side of the U(...)

The 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti, one of the most iconic racing cars in the history of the sport, is to go on sale at a Paris Artcurial auction on Friday evening and could reach a record price of up to €32 million. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

A 1957 Ferrari 355 Scaglietti of impressive provenance is expected to set a new record €32million auction price on Friday evening in Paris. That’s rou(...)

This photo,  courtesy of Chris Hamilton PhD, shows the Johnny Cash spider(Aphonopelma johnnycashi) found near Folsom Prison in California. Photograph: Chris Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images

Scientists have named a new species of tarantula after country music legend Johnny Cash. Aphonopelma johnnycashi was discovered in California near (...)

A young supporter wears campaign stickers on her face as Democratic presidential candidate  Hillary Clinton speaks during a ‘get out to caucus’ event at Washington High School on January 30th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Iowa caucuses: how they work
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  • February 1, 2016, 11:51

The battle for the US presidency shifts into a new gear with the start of states’ caucuses and primary elections in February 2016, beginning with the (...)

California is finalising the rules needed to allow everyday use of self-driving cars. Photograph: The New York Times

Google envisions a world where a blind man can get in his car alone and tell it to take him to the grocery store. California regulators say self-drivi(...)

Susan Houlihan: ‘Soft skills have become increasingly important at executive level’

Having worked with many Fortune 500 companies in the US, Susan Houlihan, a Tipperary-born woman who has lived in the Bay Area, California for the past(...)