Takeshi Onaga (centre) and his supporters celebrate his election as Okinwas governor. He has promised to block construction of a US military base backed by Tokyo and Washington. Photograph: Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

With his strained, unsmiling features beneath a salt-and-pepper toupee, Takeshi Onaga inspires unexpected passions. As news arrives that he has won th(...)

Peter Kassig  as a  boy with his mother, Paula Kassig, at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin, Kentucky, during a family camping trip in 2000, in a photo courtesy of the Kassig family.  Photograph: Handout/Reuters

The parents of a US aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants yesterday released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them(...)

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,(...)

Soldiers in the US army watch as the mushroom cloud grabs the sky in the first test of an atomic weapon during the Trinity Test

Physicists, engineers and applied mathematicians have an arsenal of problem-solving techniques. Computers crunch out numerical solutions in short orde(...)

“Throughout the war, Mary Morris kept a diary. It is a remarkable work. It was collected by the Imperial War Museum in London, which realised its significance but it lay in its vaults until now. “

Mary Morris’s desire to be a nurse led in only one direction – to Britain. At the age of 18 she passed the examination to train at Guy’s Hospital in L(...)

It’s 2023 and the titular mutants are being hunted to the brink of extinction by a fleet of marauding robots known as the Sentinels. Surviving A-liste(...)

St Joseph’s Home, Termonbacca, in Derry. The inquiry into historical institutional abuse at this and another Derry home began in January. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Three former residents at two Derry homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth have spoken positively at the North’s historical abuse inquiry about the care(...)

A line of rescue workers arrives to look for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington. Photograph: Rick Wilking/ Reuters

The number of people missing after a landslide sent a wall of mud crashing into dozens of rural Washington state homes dropped to 90 on Wednes(...)

Children gather around soldiers from the US army’s 4th squadron 2nd cavalry regiment  distributing school supplies in a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The proposed tightening of US military belts, the biggest change to America’s armed forces in generations, is recognition that the country’s mi(...)

Irish Cadets at Arlington Cemetery for John F Kennedy’s Funeral, 1963. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

The weather in Washington was cold and crisp, and the 26 Irish Army cadets were not thinking about the watching world. They just wanted to ensure t(...)