Beloved neuroscientist faces death head-on
Oliver Sacks has spent his life understanding neurological disorders, and as he faces death he talks of having a deeper grasp of living. Can we all experience this level of clarity?
Journalists split over censoring war’s horrors
Reporters and photographers risk their lives to report news from the world’s front lines, but what they bring back can be truly horrifying. Do we need to know and see every upsetting detail?
Violent crime on a downward turn in the UK
With less violence and fewer murders the UK is now much more peaceful than ten years ago, and it is a similar story in other developed countries. This is great news, but why is it happening?
Facebook considers new ‘sympathise’ button
Engineers at Facebook have developed a new ‘sympathise’ button, which could replace the familiar ‘like’ button people use today. Would adding sympathy make the online world a better place?
Chimp sues for freedom in New York court
An American lawyer has filed a case on behalf of a captive chimpanzee. He claims that the ape should be legally considered a person. Should intelligent animals have rights of their own?
Sorrow as runaway wolves are shot by zoo
Horror greeted the news that three wolves who escaped from an Essex zoo had been killed in the chase to recapture them. Why do humans have a fascination with wild beasts?
Pop science guru celebrates underdog heroes
From disabilities to bereavement, a new book by one of the world’s most famous journalists claims our disadvantages can become sources of strength. Is struggle the secret of success?
Eco-experiment turns humans into virtual cattle
A pioneering new virtual reality experiment transformed human volunteers into cows. Researchers hope that by exploiting the power of empathy they can make us better guardians of the planet.
Autistic? Come work for us! says software firm
Most people with autism are capable of work and keen to find it, yet prejudice stands in their way. Now a German technology company wants to tap this neglected talent.
Compassion ‘as important’ as brains in elderly care
A major report from charities and the NHS has called for an overhaul in care for the elderly. At the heart of the proposed reforms: treating the aged less like patients and more like people.
Oprah bows out of self-made stardom
With 25 years of tears, laughter and soul-baring on her TV talk show, Oprah Winfrey has inspired millions. Survivor, media and business phenomenon, and America's best friend: what's her story?