Taking technology back to the hoover

An intelligent robot to do the vacuum cleaning, computer games with education as well as fun in mind and a platinum disc with your name on it. Well, everyone needs a little delusion, says Malachy Browne

Getting around

Malachy Browne looks at the latest technology for people on the go – the Segway i2 is the psychic way to travel while the Sony Mylo makes exciting strides in online communications

Fianna Fáil anger with McDowell

Several FF backbenchers want rid of the PDs. Enda Kenny's stature has been enhanced. McDowell's performance is shambolic. Brian Lenihan's career is on the rise. By Emma Browne, Frank Connolly and Vincent Browne

I don't see open rebellion [among backbenchers] but there is a lot of resentment building up against [Michael] McDowell. There are often personal resentments within parties as well as between them but this is different. If he is seen to have dirtied his hands on this one he is gone. Everybody knows that he is another accident just waiting to happen.

The Shroud of Turin: the face of Jesus?

Owned by the Catholic Church and housed in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Turin, the Shroud is a linen cloth bearing the faint, supine image of a man in repose. The Shroud is venerated by many who believe it is the cloth used by Joseph of Arimathe'a to wrap Jesus' crucified body.