It is an exciting time for robotics, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology

January is a month for renewal and for change. Many of us have been gifted shiny new fitness trackers, treated ourselves to some new gadget or other, (...)

Donald Clarke predicts that Saoirse Ronan will receive an Oscars nomination for her role in Brooklyn. Photograph: Getty

For the last three months we have been predicting an unprecedentedly strong Irish performance at awards season. Last Sunday, at the Golden Globes, (...)

Harrison Ford presents Alejandro González Iñárritu with the award for Best Motion Picture, Drama for “The Revenant” during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Golden Globe Winners for 2016: Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Revenant Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: The Martian Best Director – Motio(...)

Attendees visit the The Oculus Gear VR Theater with 4D during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Photograph: Patrick T  Fallon/Bloomberg

In the past few days I’ve repaired a robot, driven a Rover across Mars and zapped objects with a laser gun. And I did it all while mostly standing aro(...)

Julianne Moore (right) presents Leonardo DiCaprio with the award for Best Actor - Motion Picture, Drama for “The Revenant”at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

As expected, Brie Larson, star of Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, took the Golden Globe for best drama actress in Los Angeles on Sunday night. An Irish-Canad(...)

 Emma Donohoe, who is nominated for a  Golden Globe  for best screenplay for Room, photographed at The Lighthouse cinema in Dublin on Thursday night.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The initial skirmishes have taken place. In September, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room won the Oscar-friendly People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festiv(...)

Dark streaks on the slopes of Hale Crater on Mars are believed to have been formed by seasonal flow of water. Photograph: EPA/Nasa/ JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

In the Ray Bradbury short story A Sound of Thunder, a time traveller goes back to the late Cretaceous era, because who doesn’t want to see a live dino(...)

Floyd Mayweather jnr (centre) and Manny Pacquiao hold the World Boxing Championship welterweight belt, which will go to the winner of their Saturday night bout, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Photograph: Monica Almeida/New York Times

Las Vegas was gearing up for a knockout weekend as A-listers and high-rollers flooded into the gambling resort on Friday for what has been labelled th(...)

A woman walks in Washington, DC, on January 29, 2015 past a preview of Budweiser’s ad which was aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday.  More than 70 advertisers paid a reported $4.5 million for 30 seconds of air time during Sunday’s American football classic. (Photograph:NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Budweiser capitalised on cuteness with the return of a puppy and Coca-Cola stood out with an anti-bullying message as many brands stirred emotions ra(...)

 Quantitative easing wasn’t the only item on the agenda in Davos. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

While the ECB’s announcement of a quantitative easing programme dominated events in Davos last week, a range of other issues were quietly under discus(...)