The construction site of Royal Dutch Shell’s new plant, which  will produce more than a million tons of plastic, in the form of tiny pellets. Many in the Pittsburgh area see it as an economic engine, but others worry about the long-term harm. Photograph: The New York Times

The 386-acre property looks like a giant Lego set rising from the banks of the Ohio River. It is one of the largest active construction projects in th(...)

A  woman from the San tribe lying on the sandy floor of her village in a remote part of the Kalahari desert. Photograph: Jorge Fernandez/LightRocket via Getty Images

Nutrition experts have long debated whether there is an optimal diet that humans evolved to eat. January is Health Month in The Irish Times(...)

 Emergency personnel stand near a sinkhole that opened up on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in  California on Saturday and in which two cars were trapped. Photograph: EPA

A powerful Pacific storm left two people dead in California as winds of more than 70mph downed power lines and brought trees down. Evacuations of hom(...)

Pauline Shanahan, in Dublin. “I’m performing a stand-up show entitled What’s Cooler Than a Hipster? A Spinster, because I think the word ‘spinster’ needs reclaiming.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There’s a view that true happiness can only come with finding a relationship. Funnily enough, it’s a view put about most often by those in relationshi(...)

Professor Shuji Nakamura with a Blue Laser-LED, who has won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics with Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano ‘for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.’ Photograph: Randall Lamb/University of Cal/EPA

An American and two Japanese scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics today for inventing a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light(...)

HP hopes cloud has silver lining

For what probably amounts to a relatively small amount of money, Hewlett-Packard just made a big bet.Last week HP said it had entered an agreement t(...)

US broadcaster Barbara Walters interviews Peter Rodger, father of gunman Elliot Rodger. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Rowell/ABC

The father of student Elliot Rodger, who murdered six people and injured 13 others in a mass killing in California last month, said that his son ha(...)

Emergency services at the scene of the shooting near the University of California in Santa Barbara, California.

At least seven people including the suspect died after a lone gunman sprayed gunfire from a car in a drive-by shooting near a college campus in the (...)