Mcity: the Ann Arbor site has 40 building facades, angled junctions, a roundabout, a bridge, a tunnel, gravel roads and plenty of obstructed views. Photograph: University of Michigan  M City at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a purpose-built test town for  driverless vehicles.

A simulated city opened in the US this week, on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to see if self-driving cars can operate without(...)

A picture of Carolan Crater near the planet Mercury’s north pole, taken by the Messenger satellite while in orbit around the planet. Credit: NASA

A crater on the surface of the planet Mercury has been named in honour of the Irish musician and composer Turlough O’Carolan. The announcement comes l(...)

Trans-USA drive for Delphi’s robot car, but does an emissions sting in the tail lie in wait for autonomous cars?

Automotive systems supplier Delphi is planning a dramatic demonstration of the current state-of-the-art robot car. The company, independent now aft(...)

Chinua Achebe put Nigeria on the literary map with the publication, in 1958, of Things Fall Apart, his seminal novel about African identity and the(...)

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(...)