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(...)

Thanks for the memories: it only required shining a blue light on certain cells in the mouse brain to change the memory. Photograph: Simon Baker/Getty Images

The intriguing possibility of changing your bad memories into good ones has been raised by research in the US. Scientists there have managed to flip (...)

Mind what you say near bags of crisps

You should always mind what you say close to a microphone. Just ask any politician whose undiplomatic utterances have been captured for all to hear. B(...)

Dr Tony Bazley, regional director of 
 exploration company Tamboran: “We would ask for people to keep an open mind and make a decision based on the facts, not misinformation.”

Dr Tony Bazley is the regional director of the exploration company Tamboran based in Co Down who has the task of trying to sell shale gas exploration (...)

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(...)

The El Salt archeological site, a known site of Neanderthal occupation in southern Spain that dates back 50,000 years. Fossilised faecal matter found at the site indicates to scientists that Neanderthals may have been ominivores rather than carnivores, as previously thought. Photograph: Ainara Sistiaga/Handout via Reuters

The discovery of the oldest known human faeces is offering valuable scientific insight into the life of Neanderthals who lived in Spain some 50,000 ye(...)

Prof Dan Breznitz has studied innovation growth economies such as Taiwan, Israel and China. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Prof Dan Breznitz must number among the most internationally eclectic members of Ireland’s broadly defined diaspora.The Israeli native came to reside (...)

An early version of Google’s experimental electric-powered self-driving car.

Humans might be the one problem Google cannot solve. For the past four years, Google has been working on self-driving cars with a mechanism to retu(...)

Taking shape: the Skolkovo Innovation Centre on the outskirts of Moscow which Russian President Vladimir Putin  points to as an example of how Russia is diversifying its economy away from energy. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Students at Moscow’s new science-focused university crowded into a lecture theatre outside the capital earlier this month to hear Canadian-born Nobel (...)

Boston Fire Department honor guards (R) relieve Cambridge Police honor guards at the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Dominick Reuter /Reuters

Boston began its memorials of last year’s marathon bombing attack, which killed three people and injured 264, on a quiet note today, with mayor(...)