Pentecopterus decorahensis:  lived 460 million years ago and was more than 1.5 metres long, making it a top predator of its day, say scientists who dug it out of rocks in a riverbed in Iowa, US.  Credit: Patrick Lynch/Yale University

Palaeontologists have discovered the fossil remains of an unknown species of sea scorpion that does a really good imitation of a sea monster. It live(...)

Today   international visitors pour from tourist coaches to   queue for the Library of Trinity College to see the Gospels in the form of the Book of Kells.

J B Phillips, one of the great Bible translators of the 20th century, once remarked: “Men and women who would be deeply ashamed of having their ignora(...)

Hedge fund manager John Paulson: joins a parade of the financial industry’s richest figures making donations to their alma maters, but he rejected criticism his gift perpetuates inequality by endowing money on an elite university. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

John Paulson, the hedge fund manager famed for betting against US housing in 2007, has made the largest ever donation to Harvard University, giving $4(...)

 Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem (L) and Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (R) speak during a press conference following a meeting at the Finance Ministry in Athens. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA.

The new leftwing government in Athens opened negotiations on its bailout package with European partners on Friday by flatly rejecting the expected (...)

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Syriza party, waves to supporters as he arrives at Athens University following his election victory in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, January 25th, 2015. Tsipras said that Greece’s era of bowing to international creditors is over, as he celebrated his party’s victory in Greek elections dominated by a public backlash against years of budget cuts. (Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg)

After five years of relentless belt- tightening, Greeks have said enough. It’s now up to the country’s euro-area peers to decide how to respond to the(...)

A photograph of the People’s Democracy civil rights march from Belfast to Derry which was attacked at Burntollet Bridge. Photograph from the NUIG Boyle Archive

When a young Co Down student visited Detroit at the height of the US civil rights movement in the early 1970s, he was struck by the treatment of black(...)

 Colum McCann: “I am recovering quickly and I’ve been overwhelmed by the generous response from friends and strangers alike.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A man has been charged with assaulting award-winning Irish novelist Colum McCann at the end of June in New Haven, Connecticut. US police say Connectic(...)

 Apple and Samsung Electronics are waging a battle on four continents for dominance in the smartphone market. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The patent battle between Samsung and Apple is continuing in the US, with Samsung claiming its rival’s patent-infringement claims of almost $2.(...)

Randall Truman got his 15 minutes of fame in early 1980. A long-term resident on Mount St. Helens in Washington State, Truman (83) scoffed when author(...)

Photos of the 2013 Nobel Prize laureates in Economic Sciences Eugene Fama (L-R), Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller are displayed during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm today. The three American scientists won the 2013 economics Nobel prize  for research that has improved the forecasting of asset prices in the long term and helped the emergence of index funds in stock markets, the award-giving body said. Photograph: REUTERS/Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency
US economists win Nobel prize
  • World
  • October 14, 2013, 13:35

Three American scientists have won the 2013 economics Nobel prize for research that has improved the forecasting of asset prices in the long term and(...)