How would you like if your medical consultations were conducted by a robot? Probably one with a smiling face, programmed to be appropriately empatheti(...)

An artist’s graphic depicts Nasa’s Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Photograph: JPL-Caltech/Nasa/Reuters

Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, Nasa says.Thirty-six years after it was launched f(...)

The Elan Corporation pharmaceutical plant in Athlone. A US federal judge has been asked to dismiss two insider trading charges tied to sales of Elan’s US depositary receipts. Photograph: John Cogill/Bloomberg News

Former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma has urged a federal judge to dismiss two insider trading charges tied to his firm’s sales(...)

Thomson Reuters yesterday suspended its practice of releasing closely-watched consumer sentiment data two seconds early to clients who pay extra. Photograph: Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

Some of the world’s top financial data providers are under investigation over the profits that sophisticated investors make by paying for early access(...)

European shares opened slightly lower today, with profit-taking expected to keep trade jittery on the last day of May, but with a key index still on t(...)

An activist protests against working conditions at production sites used by the H&M clothing chain in Bangladesh in Berlin last summer. Photograph: Getty Images

It is not hard to find cheap clothes but, last month, the death of more than 1000 workers in a Bangladesh factory collapse highlighted the true pri(...)

I am more scared of success than of failure. You can hide behind failure. Unless the failure is catastrophic it may not change very much about (...)

Kevyn Orr addresses the media, as Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (l) listens, after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (r) announced Mr Orr as emergency financial manager for the city of Detroit. Photograph: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

A veteran lawyer who once worked on Chrysler's bankruptcy has been handed what may prove to be his toughest case yet: to bring Detroit back fro(...)

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