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.
Bill Gates: ‘My biggest fears for the world’
How should we react? Yesterday, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and former world’s richest person, outlined his greatest worries for the future of the world. Here are the big three.
How Apple became the first $1 trillion company
Can it stay on top? Yesterday, Apple unveiled a range of new iPhones. The original handset was launched in 2007, sparking a phenomenon that made Apple the global tech superpower it is today.
AI is bigger threat than terror, says scientist
Is artificial intelligence the greatest threat to humanity? The incoming president of the British Science Association believes that AI is more dangerous than climate change or terrorism.
Joy and anger as Twitter bans Alex Jones
Did Twitter make the right decision? The site has followed Facebook and YouTube in banning the right-wing conspiracy theorist. His views may be extreme — but fear is growing over big tech...
The virtual models taking Instagram by storm
Are CGI supermodels creepy or cool? A luxury French fashion label has unveiled a new “army” of digital supermodels — continuing a rising trend of virtual celebrities sweeping social media.
Marie Curie hailed most world-changing woman
Is science the greatest historical force? Pioneering chemist Marie Curie has topped a poll of the world’s most influential women. She is joined by many other trailblazing female scientists.
Fake news, Facebook and a threat to democracy
Is Facebook putting democracy at risk? That is the verdict of a committee of British MPs who spent 18 months investigating fake news, Brexit and social media advertising. Are they right?
Terminate! Scientists vow to block killer bots
Should we ban killer robots? Thousands of artificial intelligence experts have declared they will never build autonomous army robots. Some fear an AI arms race could spark a third world war.
Books to rockets: the modern era’s richest man
Is Jeff Bezos a hero or villain? The billionaire entrepreneur has officially become the richest man in modern history, overtaking Bill Gates. But scandals consistently dog his Amazon empire.
Happy Birthday NHS! Now bring on the robots
Will technology save the NHS? The National Health Service turns 70 today, but tight budgets and surging demand have put its future in doubt. Here are five ways futuristic tech could help.
Official! Gaming addiction is mental illness
Is the World Health Organisation right? It has made “gaming disorder” an official mental illness. While fun for some, excessive gaming can tear lives apart — and the solution is unclear.
How the EU plans to transform data privacy
Who should own our data? With just days to go before Europe introduces tough new privacy laws, yesterday Mark Zuckerberg apologised (again) for any “harm” caused by Facebook.
MH370 crash was murder-suicide, say experts
Should all planes be automated? Analysts believe they have uncovered the truth behind the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines flight in 2014. Many now feel they cannot trust pilots again.
The hit quiz app taking the world by storm
Is trivia good for us? Valued at $100 million, with millions of daily players, HQ Trivia is the new social quizzing app sensation. Some have even called it the future of television.
Toxic air linked to millions of early deaths
How worried should we be about air pollution? A worldwide study has found that over 90% of the planet’s population breathes polluted air. In some extreme places, the fumes could be fatal.