Cynics ridicule Uber’s plan for flying cars
The human race has been trying to produce flying cars for a century. Now Uber says it will engineer them within three years. But will the future really be that different from the present?
Lift-off! A new runway for a ‘global Britain’
After more than 50 years of political squabbling, the British government is finally publishing plans for Heathrow’s third runway. A furious debate is in full flow. Is it the right decision?
Flights may soon be free, says airline chief
The boss of the airline company Ryanair has said something very surprising: within five to ten years, flight tickets could cost nothing. Sounds fun, but is free travel really a good idea?
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.
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?
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?
World Cup puts women’s football in spotlight
England play France today in their first match of the Women’s World Cup in Canada. How much change can big tournaments bring about in how women’s sport is viewed?