Guns & Guitars in Mesquite, Nevada, where Stephen Paddock had a home. Paddock bought his last home in this retirement community of 18,000, about 90 minutes from Las Vegas, seemingly with cash. As with his other properties, he spent very little time here. Photograph: Isaak Brekken/The New York Times

Stephen Paddock was a contradiction: a gambler who took no chances. A man with houses everywhere who did not really live in any of them. Someone who l(...)

Mannin beach between near Ballyconneely in Connemara Co Galway. Several US colleges have based their ‘study abroad’  modules in the wider area as a partnership with the Connemara Wes, community development organisation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

When Prof Deborah Wickering comes across the name “Tully” back in Michigan’s Grand Rapids, her heart skips a little beat and she thinks of Connemara. (...)

 Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson after landing in a remote area outside the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson made a parachute landing in Kazakhstan on Saturday, breaking US records with a career-total of 665 days in orbit. Whitso(...)

Julee Cruise’s Floating into the Night

As one might expect from a project involving David Lynch, a good share of happenstance was involved in the making of this beguiling record. He had wa(...)

Prof Séamus Davis of Cornell University.

The search for the superconductor of the future has taken a significant step forward following a breakthrough by six research teams in the US and Euro(...)

White House strategist Steve Bannon (right) with national security adviser HR McMaster. Bannon is said to have told friends and associates that he needs to pick his battles carefully. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s grenade-lobbing pugilist of a chief strategist, has a fitting nickname for his West Wing office: “The war roo(...)

Handover: President Barack Obama meets President-elect Donald Trump in the White House in November. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Murmurations of starlings twisting in darkening shadows are common in Irish skies, so the sight of little black birds swirling over Des Moines, in Iow(...)

Costs for the proposed national children’s hospital at St James’s have spiralled from €404m four years ago to €1bn

The futuristic Royal Adelaide Hospital, which has so far cost €2.2 billion, will use robots to deliver food and equipment to the single rooms of each (...)

Donald Trump’s decision to fire the acting attorney general Sally Yates has Democrats vowing an all-out fight against the nomination of the person he wants for the post - Republican Senator Jeff Sessions. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times.

Donald Trump’s decision to fire the acting attorney general Sally Yates has Democrats vowing an all-out fight against the nomination of the person he(...)

Trump and the protesters

Sir, – In “Beware Trump, we are dissidents; we are legion” (Opinion & Analysis, January 23rd), Charles Blow begins celebrating the “dissidents” wh(...)