World cricket booms as England face Aussies
Is cricket the greatest sport in the world? England are taking on Australia in the first Ashes Test match. And as the pros do battle, the game flourishes in all corners of the globe.
Treachery and cruelty on world’s highest peak
A new film tells the real-life story of a tragedy which claimed eight lives on Mt Everest in 1996. Have vanity and greed ruined the once honourable pursuit of extreme adventure?
Eurovision Song Contest marred by politics
Austria won this year, but politics again determined how some countries voted. Does this show that any international competition, even in pop, divides rather than unites us?
Bionic breakthrough towards future ‘superbodies’
A Danish man has been fitted with the world’s first feeling prosthetic hand. It is a lost limb revolution, but what happens if people want to be more machine than human?
Mobile classic becomes casualty of phone wars
Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia marks the Nordic company’s final defeat in the battle to dominate the mobile phone market. Will relentless innovation mean even Apple will one day be overtaken?
Global Superpowers dominate Olympic medal count
After sixteen days of frenzied sport and blanket media coverage, the Olympic results are in. USA, China and Britain took the most medals – but is that really what the Olympics are about?
Joy and controversy over book and music awards
It's awards season, and the worlds of literature and music are celebrating and bickering over the Mercury and Man Booker prize contenders. Does winning matter, beyond boosting sales and careers?
Premier League ends after dramatic season
As the football season ends, some say it was the most exciting ever, full of surprising results. But big clubs still dominate. So what do we want – glamorous super clubs or a fair fight?