Demand to close ‘greedy’ shops on Boxing Day
December is here, which means one thing: buying stuff! So say many of those who are planning their Christmas shopping, followed by Boxing Day sales. But what if the shops closed on the 26th?
Row over claim that wealth saves animals
Usually conservationists — people who want to save wildlife — say humans need to be less greedy. But now a radical group says getting richer is the solution, not the problem. Who is right?
iPhone: ‘the greatest product in history’
Is the iPhone really the most influential gadget of all time? Many think so. But as the iPhone 7 was launched this month, others say that history is full of far more significant inventions.
May Day sparks talk of less work, more play
All over the world, May 1st is associated with fun, holidays and the right to take a break from work. Now experts are saying that more time off would make the world a better place.
Government promises to tackle unequal pay
Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, has announced plans to force large businesses to say how much they pay their male and female employees. Will this help to end the gender pay gap?
Chocolate shortage looms as demand rockets
Our desire for chocolate is growing and spreading to new parts of the world. But can the world cope with our love of this popular product?
Revealed: women overcharged in ‘sexist’ shops
A newspaper investigation has found that women are often charged more than men for almost identical products in shops. This is clearly unfair — but whose fault is it?
Richest 62 ‘as wealthy as half the world’
A charity has shocked people by claiming that the world’s 62 richest people are as wealthy as its poorest 3.6 billion put together. Is that really true? And does it matter if it is?
Exploding hoverboards spoil Christmas for many
Humans are always drawn to the latest gadgets and inventions — especially at Christmas. But they often disappoint. Is it time to focus on simpler (and more reliable) pleasures?
Expand Heathrow, says controversial report
After more than 50 years of arguing, a report says that Britain should build a third runway at Heathrow Airport. Why are so many people against the expansion of airports?
Robocops fuel fears of machines ‘eating jobs’
The Democratic Republic of Congo has introduced robotic police to direct traffic. But as we see more and more robots in our workforce, will they free us up or simply leave us jobless?