Screenshot from Ryanair’s new US website which was launched on Tuesday. Photograph: ryanair.com/us

Ryanair has launched a new US website calling on American customers to “trade Route 66 for the Wild Atlantic Way”.The new website, which went live on (...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  The social network has been blocked in China since 2009. Photograph: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

Tapping the Chinese market when your product is banned in the country can be a problem. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is keenly aware of this, as t(...)

Palo Alto: the city’s chief information officer Jonathan Reichental said: “The start-up acquires timely feedback from government staff that ensures their product meets market needs, and cities get to shape a solution more quickly that works for them.”

An Irish start-up has teamed up with the world’s technology capital, Palo Alto, to launch an interactive tool to allow residents such as Facebook fou(...)

Scientists say data showing gold-winged warblers left their nesting site in the mountains of Tennessee a day ahead of a tornado ‘heard it coming’. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

A group of songbirds may have avoided a devastating storm by fleeing their US breeding grounds after detecting telltale infrasound waves, according to(...)

Waves crash against a sea wall  beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, on  December 16th, 2014. The state of California’s water deficit now stands at some 42 cubic km - the volume of water that would be needed to replenish the state’s depleted rivers and recharge underground aquifers. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

California is bone dry - and getting even drier as a three-year drought continues. Its water deficit now stands at some 42 cubic km - the volume of wa(...)

Sarah Griffin, from Dublin to San Francisco: ‘I am happy to have been split between places.’

It is winter again in California. The third winter I’ve been here - the first I’ve not gone home to visit Dublin. The drought that sat in dry, yellow (...)

Evidence of life on Mars may have been detected by Nasa’s robot ‘Curiosity’. Photograph: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/PA

Methane in the Martian atmosphere and organic chemicals in the red planet’s soil are the latest tantalising findings of Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover as(...)

Tibetan Monks construct a sand Mandala of the Buddha of Compassion at the Chester Beatty Library. Photograph: The Irish Times

It seems the first Buddhist mission to the West was led by Irish man Charles Pfoundes in 1889, as discovered in recent research by academics in Irelan(...)

Furniture is seen outside homes that were smashed by debris flows as a powerful storm that has been lashing northern California moves southward. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

A Pacific storm pounded Southern California with heavy rain and high winds on Friday, triggering a small tornado, flash floods and mudslides that prom(...)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi en route to Capitol Hill, where she sais she was “enormously disappointed” with the president’s relaxation of post-crisis banking rules. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times 0:50

The US House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion (€887 billion) budget just hours before the government was due to shut down at midnigh(...)