Potato plastic, robot cleaners and edible bugs
Does change mainly come from inventions? The shortlist for the James Dyson Award has been announced, celebrating clever inventions from around the world. Many have a strong environmental focus.
Record 541 new skyscrapers planned for London
Britain’s newest high-rise gets approval, sparking a war of words. Some think these superstructures are an abomination. Others find them breathtaking: “the point where art and the city meet”.
Apple takes on Amazon Prime and Netflix
Last night, Apple announced that it will create original shows and films for its hotly-anticipated streaming platform, Apple TV+. Should traditional TV still have a place?
Google Stadia heralds gaming revolution
Netflix has transformed TV and film. Spotify has revolutionised music. Now Google aims to do the same for gaming with a new streaming service, Stadia. But too much choice is stressing us out.
The web at 30: a ‘monster hijacked by crooks’
Should we be celebrating its birthday? There is no denying that the internet has revolutionised every aspect of human life, from war to dating to shopping. But has it made things better?
Women at risk in a world still made for men
On International Women’s Day, a new book is shedding light on how everything from smartphones to stab vests are designed for the “average” man, with dangerous consequences for women.
Thatcher statue approved amid fiery debate
A statue of the UK’s first female prime minister will be put up on a tall plinth in her hometown, out of the reach of vandals, a year after the sculpture was rejected by Westminster council.
Famed Instagram egg reveals feel-good message
After much speculation, the most famous egg in the world has cracked open, revealing a message supporting those suffering from mental illness. But can the campaign make a real difference?
Fears social media is fuelling teen suicides
Yesterday, The Sunday Times reported that teenage suicides in England have nearly doubled in eight years. Now the government is calling on social media to do more to protect young people.
Health apps threaten to overwhelm NHS
A report has claimed that unreliable fitness apps are sending healthy people to the doctors. Thousands more health apps promise to improve our lives, but some say they do more harm than good.
What-Mess-agram? App merger stirs privacy fears
Facebook has announced a controversial plan to merge Instagram, WhatsApp and its Messenger app. Mark Zuckerberg says the move will benefit users, but critics say it threatens our privacy.
The curse of the drone strikes again
Unbelievable. Europe’s biggest airport, with earnings greater than a small African country, shut down by little more than a remote-controlled toy. That is what happened to Heathrow this week.
Flying cars and iToilets: welcome to the future
Thousands of glitzy new gadgets have been launched today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Some of the innovations could transform our lives — but not necessarily for the better.
Race to make Moon Earth’s eighth continent
Should we colonise the Moon? Yesterday morning, China successfully landed a spacecraft on the Moon’s far side. Some say a new age of lunar exploration (and exploitation) is beginning.
Apple empire wavers as iPhone sales slow
Are we reaching the end of the Apple age? And if so, should we mourn it? This week, CEO Tim Cook warned investors that the company’s latest revenues will be lower than expected.
Mars, meat, monkeys: the best science of 2018
Will they change the world? 2018 has been a year of fascinating experiments and mind-blowing discoveries in science. We take a look at five of the best from the past year…