An aurora a million times brighter than aurora borealis was detected over a  failed star  by a team led by NUI Galway graduate Dr Gregg Hallinan

The Irish astronomer involved in identifying the most powerful aurora recorded around a failed star outside the solar system has criticised the Govern(...)

Hirotami Yamada at the peace memorial in Nagasaki commemorating the victims of the atomic bombing of the city by the US 70 years ago. ‘I saw people so injured ... that you couldn’t tell if they were alive or dead.’ Photograph: David McNeill

Luck and geography decided life or death in Nagasaki. Hirotami Yamada survived because he was at school, more than 3km from the hypocentre of the plut(...)

Senators Kathy Campbell and Ernie Chambers celebrate after Republican governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill to ban the death penalty was overridden. Photograph: Andrew Dickinson/The New York Times

Nebraska became the 19th American state to outlaw the death penalty and the first traditionally controlled by conservatives to repeal capital punishm(...)

London bobbies struggle to hold back surging crowd of Londoners massed in Parliament Square on VE Day, signalling end to WWII in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images/Bob Landry

“…above the battle’s fury -Clouds and trees and grass.”From: To Mark Anthony in Heaven, by William Carlos Williams. Beyond joy, beyond relief, it was (...)

New sonar images of the Lusitania have been produced by members of the Infomar (Integrated Mapping For the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resource) team at the Geological Survey of Ireland and the National Monuments Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. 4:01

New seabed imaging of the RMS Lusitania has been released ahead of the centenary of its sinking by torpedo on May 7th, 1915. The sonar images have bee(...)

Prince Andrew (54), has vehemently denied claims  of sexual abuse and Buckingham Palace has stated they are “false and without foundation”. File photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Sex abuse claims by a woman against the UK’s Duke of York will not be heard in a civil court case after a judge ruled against its inclusion in offic(...)

Billionaire John C Malone, the biggest landowner in the US has now set his sites on creating an Irish property portfolio. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

American billionaire John Malone says he buys land because, reprising the Mark Twain adage, they are not making it anymore. But it’s mostly because(...)

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(...)

Albuquerque, New Mexico, where a three-year-old shot both of his parents after getting hold of a handgun from his mother’s bag. Photograph: Google Maps

A three-year-old boy in the US got hold of a handgun from his mother’s bag and fired a shot that injured both his parents.The toddler apparently reach(...)

A new commemorative stamp recognises the contribution of the 51st BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which opens in the RDS on Wednesday. Photograph: Shane O’Neill / Fennells

An post has issued a commemorative stamp to honour the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.Now in its 51st year, the event in Dublin w(...)