Supreme court: gay marriage legal across the US – live updates Read more Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts
Talk about shattering expectations! NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has circled the Red Planet more than 40,000 times since arriving there in 2006. During that time, the spacecraft has spied everything
World Four Western tourists are facing three months in a Malaysian prison after allegedly stripping naked on a "sacred" mountain — an act local tribes believe angered spirits and triggered a deadly earthquake.
U.S. news / Updated May 23, 2015 / 4:44 AM GMT The carcasses of five petroleum-soaked pelicans have been recovered from California's Santa Barbara coastline, marking the first apparent sea bird fatalities
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some 50 million gallons of water were lost after an act of vandalism damaged an inflatable dam near San Francisco, the local Oakland Tribune newspaper reported on Friday. The
A large sinkhole has been discovered at a golf course in the US state of Missouri. The sinkhole appeared on Friday morning near a pond at the entrance of the Top of the Rock Golf course near the resort
A UN conference aimed at preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons has ended in failure after a row over a nuclear-free Middle East proposal. The Egypt-backed plan had envisaged a regional forum
Two Russian soldiers have been charged in Ukraine with terrorism offences after being captured by Ukrainian troops earlier in the week. The pair who admitted working for the Russian military could face
Hercules and Leo don’t know it, but a decision about their future has made history. In granting an order to show cause on whether Hercules and Leo (who just happen to be chimpanzees) are illegally imprisoned,
DENVER — A potentially explosive technique used to make a powerful marijuana concentrate from pot leaves and stems has federal investigators cautioning the public about the risks of hash oil extraction.
The long-term environmental impacts of this week's oil spill in California may not be clear for some time. Meantime, the spill has reignited a fierce local debate over off-shore oil drilling. Transcript
The US Senate has blocked a bill that would have extended the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA). Senators are to discuss the issue again on 31 May - a day
A new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land A new Japanese island formed by a volcanic explosion will provide a unique
World Ireland will become the first country in the world to vote directly on same-sex marriage Friday in a neck-and-neck referendum that has seen most of the Catholic country’s government and the church
After the failed coup, demonstrators expected to march against President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to prolong his rule Protests are due to resume in Burundi on Monday, just three days after an attempted
LAPRAK, Nepal — It was a quiet Saturday in Laprak. With the village’s only school closed, some kids were playing on yellow terraced wheat fields. As afternoon neared, clouds hovered over the hills, halfway
Magazine As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease. There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course.
The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster? The happiest man in the world
Each year, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program awards funding to a set of research projects on the bleeding edge of technology. These aren’t your everyday “disruptive” apps and social networks;
Shortly after the release of an AP report asserting that Google's self-driving cars have been involved in four accidents since last September, the company published a post on Backchannel today — the Medium-based