Saving face? The cost of plastic surgery
Penny Johnson is suing her surgeon. She wanted to change her face but claims the consequences ruined her life. Others feel rescued.
Annual battle against flu gets shot in the arm
Scientists have successfully tested a new immune-boosting jab against all flu viruses. But will sceptics still refuse vaccination?
Electrifying! How science can make you smarter
New research has shown that electric currents can enhance your thinking. But should we really use technology to boost our brainpower?
Britons in the red - personal debts and expensive loans
Debt advice services face cuts as MPs debate better regulation of lenders who target the desperate. But should we do more to help ourselves?
Holy bones - skeleton seized by Greek cops
A monk has been detained in Athens for trying to smuggle a nun’s remains out of the country. Why did he do it?
Film stars are a joke for Ricky Gervais
The Golden Globes ceremony is usually all about praise. But this year, Hollywood’s finest were also the butt of jokes. Should comedy upset people?
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
Or fill in a form. The government wants to measure our levels of happiness, but do we even understand what makes us happy?
‘Tiger mother’ takes on western parents
A new book has caused a storm by suggesting that western parenting is too lax. Chinese parents, writes the author, know that strict discipline is the path to success.
Teens reject parents as Facebook friends
An American survey shows many older teenagers ignore friend requests from parents. Something to hide or a bid for independence?
We are still cave men, claims top scientist
A top behavioural scientist has made waves in the diet business, saying that we should eat and live more like our genetic ancestors.
Are Christmas superstitions super or stupid?
There are many superstitions around the 12th night of Christmas, as decorations come down. But does superstition have any place in our modern world?
Root Causes – is a baldness cure in sight?
Scientists are getting closer to curing baldness. But is it a real problem? Should this advance be celebrated, or was it a wasted effort?
The World Cup — can it be worth all the fuss?
Should the eye-watering sums spent on the planet’s biggest event – not to mention the time and effort that goes into it – be diverted to more worthwhile causes?