A scorched mesquite tree is seen among the thousands of acres that burned from wildfires during a severe drought outside Jayton, Texas, in 2011. Photograph: Elliott Blackburn/Reuters

The US south-west and the Great Plains will face decade-long droughts far worse than any experienced over the last 1,000 years because of climate chan(...)

The driverless Lutz Pathfinder pod vehicle. The technology has become something of a trend among Silicon Valley heavyweights. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

With trials of driverless cars coming to several British cities, the UK has joined the autonomous driving revolution alongside technology giants like (...)

The Seven Dwarfs walk along Main Street during a parade at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. File Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

A US paediatrician’s group has urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles after an outbreak that began at Disneyland(...)

A Winchester Model 1773 found by park workers in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. Archaeologists stumbled upon the 132-year old rifle, leaning against a tree while conducting a survey in the park, possibly having been left there more than a century ago. Photograph: US  Park Service/Handout via Reuters

Archaeologists conducting a survey in Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada have stumbled upon a 132-year-old Winchester rifle propped against a(...)

Elon Musk told reporters that he’s “committed to staying at Tesla as long as I’m alive. I might not be the CEO, but I will be with the company forever.”

Elon Musk, the chief executive officer of electric-car maker Tesla, said the company might become profitable by 2020 when annual sales reach 500,000 a(...)

Booker T Jones: ‘New bands don’t have record companies to go to and support them like we did; they can’t just walk down the street and start to play a session at a recording studio’

Measure yourself by Booker T Jones’s standards and you will end up wondering what the hell you’ve done with your life. By the time Jones was 16, he(...)

Irish mountaineer Clare Sheridan on Red Rocks, Nevada. Photograph: Peter Irwin

“Girls don’t climb.” Almost four decades ago, Clare Sheridan heard in this comment an invitation she couldn’t refuse. Perhaps the seasoned mountaineer(...)

Children from 21 countries wear Halloween costumes as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance after becoming American citizens during a naturaliSation ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland on October 31st. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Republicans are preparing a response to Barack Obama’s plans to change the immigration system. The aim to block the president’s go-solo actions, whic(...)

The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept car: using radar and cameras, its Pre Sense technology responds to external signs of a possible collision faster than a person could

“I was driving along when a guy veered into me. My brain said ‘swerve and brake’ but, before my foot could move the car had already done it for me. It(...)

The new lithium battery  promises to solve two of the biggest grumbles about electric cars - high prices and low driving ranges. It’s headed for production in just over a year.

A new battery that promises to solve two of the biggest grumbles about electric cars - high prices and low driving ranges - is headed for shop floors (...)