US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Surprise, even shock, greeted the announcement this week that China and the United States had agreed to strengthen their co-operation on cutting green(...)

 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Mr Nadella yesterday suggested  that women who do not ask for more money from their employers would be rewarded in the long run when their good work was recognised. Photo: Getty Images

If you are a man speaking at a conference celebrating women in computing, it is probably all right to flatter the largely female audience members by t(...)

Conor Walsh’s soft-robotics glove made with off-the-shelf components, which can be controlled to assist a human hand in flexing fingers or grasping objects

When it comes to designing a robot nowadays, it pays to be flexible. The concept of a robot usually brings to mind a humanoid shape, made of metal,(...)

 Former Manchester United manager  Alex Ferguson will address the European Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles on Tuesday night.  Photograph: PA Wire

Alex Ferguson has been revealed as the Ryder Cup’s not so secret weapon, with the former Manchester United manager to address Paul McGinley’s players (...)

John (left) and Patrick Collison, co-founders of Stripe, outside their offices in Palo Alto, California

Apple’s list of partners for its new Apple Pay service reads like a Who’s Who of the payments world, including Visa and First Data. Then there’s St(...)

Homer predicted the mass of the Higgs Boson 14 years before it was discovered Image: Fox/Handout/Reuters

Popular science writer Simon Singh called The Simpsons “the most mathematical show in TV history” yesterday at the British Science Festival in Birming(...)

Desmond O’Grady and Margaret Hayes from Limerick at the launch of the Beckett Centenary Festival at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to Desmond O’Grady, the Limerick-born poet and member of Aosdána, who has died at the age of 78. Describi(...)

What is fracking? Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – is a means of extracting natural gas from sedimentary rocks such as shale. The process involve(...)

An origami-inspired robot capable of folding and unfolding itself, made by Samuel Felton, a graduate student at Harvard.  Photograph: Seth Kroll/Wyss Institute via The New York Times

US researchers, inspired by the Japanese paper folding art of origami, have developed a “Transformer” robot that can assemble itself from a flat sheet(...)

Ronnie Tallon, who has died at home, aged 87, was among the greatest and most prolific architects in Irish history. “No other architect had the same s(...)