Evidence of life on Mars may have been detected by Nasa’s robot ‘Curiosity’. Photograph: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/PA

Methane in the Martian atmosphere and organic chemicals in the red planet’s soil are the latest tantalising findings of Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover as(...)

Topshop in New York. Retailers could be in for a good Christmas.
US consumer confidence rises

US consumer confidence rose more than forecast in November, reaching a seven-year high and indicating Americans will be in the mood to step up holida(...)

Japan’s Nikkei share average surged 3.3 per cent on Monday and was on track to post its biggest daily rise in more than a year as investors took heart from upbeat US data and as the weaker yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japanese stocks led a rally in Asia overnight, after solid US data and earnings calmed tumult in global financial markets and reassured investors worr(...)

Hewlett-Packard is expected to announce today that it will split the company into two separate companies, a personal-computer and printer business, and corporate hardware and services operations. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Hewlett-Packard is expected to announce today that it will split the company into two separate companies, a personal-computer and printer business, an(...)

Quarterback Shane Morris (left) of the Michigan Wolverines is helped off the field by Ben Braden during the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers  in Ann Arbor, Michigan, last month. Photograph: Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines were trailing the Minnesota Golden Gophers 30- 7 in the final quarter of an American college football last Saturday when the M(...)

Debby Bezzina works on a pilot programme on intra-vehicle communication the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor. Pilot programme: Debby Bezzina. Photograph: Joshua Lott/New York Times

A driver moves along in traffic, the forward view blocked by a truck or a bend in the road. Suddenly, up ahead, someone slams on the brake. Tyres scre(...)

 It may surprise, but tech gurus are limiting the amount of screen time their children get. Photograph: Anders Andersson/Getty

When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, expla(...)

Despite Americans’ love of pickups, the average fuel economy is improving

Sales of cars in the US, which were as ravaged by the financial storms of 2008-2013 as they where anywhere else, have lately climbed back to a healthy(...)

Blister packs of over-the-counter allergy medicines, manufactured by Perrigo. Perrigo agreed to buy Irish drug company Elan for $8.6 billion in 2013, thereby gaining a low-tax base for international expansion. Now it is being cited as a potential acquisition target for larger companies looking to pursue a similar strategy. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Dublin based drugmaker Perrigo may join Swiss based Actelion and UK-based medical device company Smith and Nephew as acquisition targets for US healt(...)

President Michael D Higgins salutes the UN’s decision to declare 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has criticised economic theories on land ownership in Africa that have “mesmerised high-ranking policymakers” including(...)