Sonic boom: gamer icon turns twenty
He's been a hero to millions of gamers since he was created. Now, Sonic the Hedgehog is 20, and is to be relaunched – but have gamers outgrown him?
Fashion ‘wild child’ humbled in French court
John Galliano was a top fashion designer before a racist rant left him sacked and now facing jail. It's in the news – but why is the fashion industry important?
Violin smashes price records at charity auction
A 290-year-old 'Stradivarius' violin has sold for record £9.8 million at auction. What was the Stradivarius secret and how can a musical instrument be worth that much?
Gamification: can video games change the world?
All work and no play is never good. But what happens when the distinction gets blurred? 'Gamification' is the new buzzword for thinkers who want to make work into a game.
Technology vanishes into the Cloud
A new service from Apple promises to transform our digital lives. Meanwhile, games designers show off their invisible controllers. Is technology making itself disappear?
The font of all knowledge is really ugly
Research claims we don’t remember writing that's too easy to read and learning should be struggle. So is clear writing the enemy of discovery?