Elon Musk becomes world’s richest person
Is he a good role model? Elon Musk is the billionaire owner of Tesla. He dreams of sending humans to live on other planets. And he has just become the wealthiest person on Earth.
The world’s first electric ‘petrol’ station
Will you ever have your own car? The world’s first electric charging station has opened. For fans, it means more electric vehicles on roads. But some say the future is not about cars at all.
Wasted: sprouts, Sellotape and six million trees
Should we all have a green Christmas this year? We create around a third more waste during the festive season than at any other time. Some say it is time to rethink how we celebrate.
The plan to put giant solar panels in space
Is unlimited electricity a good idea? The UK government might soon build mile-wide solar power stations in space that can beam energy back to Earth. It could mean never-ending, green power.
All aboard! London to Gatwick in four minutes
Will it mean the end of cities? Last week, passengers took a ride in a hyperloop for the first time. This new super-fast transport could change the way we think about cities forever.
The toy that could teach pets to talk
Is talking to our pets a good idea? One company has come up with a device that lets dogs learn words. By pressing buttons, the pets can “talk” to their owners about what they want to do.
New jets bring back supersonic travel
Are supersonic planes a good idea? Nearly 20 years after Concorde made its final trip, the world is one step closer to passenger jets that fly faster than the speed of sound.
Cliffs, caves and monsters in Minecraft update
Is Minecraft good for us? Last week, fans tuned in to learn about its exciting new plans for next year. Now there is a fierce debate about how much time we should spend glued to our screens.
All aboard! The hydrogen revolution is here
Could hydrogen be the fuel of the future? A growing number of trains, cars and buses are running on the element. Experts think it has the power to change our transport systems forever.
The sinister rise of ‘deepfake’ videos
Are “deepfakes” a threat to democracy? In an online video, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg lays out his plan for world domination. However, it is not really him. The video is a fake.
The smart speakers that know if you’re sick
Would you trust Alexa to diagnose you when you’re sick? Experts predict that, within 10 years, smart speakers will be able to detect illnesses by listening to our behaviour. But what about our...
‘Smart skin’ makes virtual touch a reality
Should touch become digital? A new thin, wireless skin could allow us to reach through a computer and touch what is on the other side. Is it wonderful or disturbing?
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The living robot! Part-frog, part-machine
Using the cells of a frog and artificial intelligence, scientists have made a creature small enough to travel inside a human body. Half-machine, half-animal, it is an entirely new life form.
Why we need to teach robots to be good
Artificial intelligence is taking over more and more of the boring jobs in life. It is incredibly useful. But now that robots take so many decisions for us, they need to be moral as well.
Humans ‘could feel at home’ on new alien planet
Have we found another Earth? Astronomers have discovered a distant planet previously missed by telescopes. The exoplanet has many of the properties needed to make a second home in space.