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 (...)

Jody May-Chang greets a friend as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho to apply for same-sex marriage licences, moments before the ruling. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Reuters

The US supreme court has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling on same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada that would have allowed gay couple(...)

Paddy Cosgrave: changed name of Dublin event back to Web Summit because, according to his spokeswoman, The Summit is hard to find on Google.

The two protaganists in the row between Web Summit and Summit Series have trod strikingly similar paths.Elliott Bisnow first showed an entrepreneurial(...)

Paddy Cosgrave: denies allegations of unfair competition, cybersquatting, and deceptive business practices

Web Summit, the annual technology jamboree, and its founder Paddy Cosgrave (31) are in settlement talks to avoid a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed a(...)

A poster in Buenos Aires  this week depicts  New York judge Thomas Griesa as a vulture. Judge Griesa is overseeing Argentina’s long-running battle with hedge funds over defaulted debt. The poster, run by  political organisation Transversal Front, reads, “Griesa wants your house, your job and your food”. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Argentina branded the hedge funds suing the country over their debt holdings an “international mafia” yesterday after talks to bring a swift end to it(...)

John McLaughlin (41): a labourer, arrested in Los Angeles on December 19th, 1910, for petty larceny and sentenced to “90 days”.

Early 20th-century American US police records for 10 Irish emigrants have come to light after 100 years. The criminal investigation cards were created(...)

A Google self-driving car on show at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP

Cars that drive themselves could be on the roads four years from now, provided red tape does not get in the way, Carlos Ghosn, head of the Renault-Nis(...)