Beyonce performs during hafl time at  Super Bowl 50: Her performance was an unprecedented moment in popular music culture. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

It’s been a busy few days for Beyonce. First she committed the crime of cultural appropriation against the most populous democracy in the world – Indi(...)

A Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) technician performs an optic inspection on devices used to detect gravitational waves. The twin LIGO detectors are located at Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, in the US. Photograph: Caltech/MIT/LIGO/Reuters

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves passing over the Earth. The waves were caused by the collision of two massive black (...)

A small statue of Albert Einstein is seen at the Einstein Archives of the Hebrew University as they present the original 100 years old documents of Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago. (...)

Artist’s  illustration of  a quasar. Such phenomena are thought to feed  gravitational waves which  form around massive objects like black holes and neutron stars, warping space and time. File photograph:  AFP/Nasa/Getty Images

An international team of scientists looks set to make waves on Thursday by announcing the first direct detection of gravitational waves rolling across(...)

In keeping with the spirit of the times, Lucinda Williams’s new double-album of crafted, mostly saturnine Americana is weighed down with woe. De(...)

Two anti-abortion activists behind the filming of videos on foetal tissue procurement by Planned Parenthood have been indicted by a Texas grand jury that the women’s health group of any wrongdoing. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

A grand jury in the United States that was investigating accusations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood has instead indicted two abortion oppone(...)

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Tennessee that he would “build a big, beautiful safe zone” inside Syria where people could find refuge.  Photograph: Wade Payne/AP

More than half of America’s states are refusing to accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks as Republican presidential contenders propo(...)

Derrick Stafford (left) and Norris Greenhouse Jr

Two police officers have been arrested on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a six-year-old boy during a pursuit(...)

JP Sexton on patrol on the dock in New Orleans, protecting an aid ship which had re-routed from delivering food and supplies to Haiti.

It was not until I started to see posts on Facebook this past week that I realised this was the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a horrendou(...)

People enjoy the music during a Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary event at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph: Getty

From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Super Dome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina(...)