The future’s a slippery fish. We spend so much time trying to second-guess it and pin it down before it bites us that it’s typically here before we’re ready. But sometimes we’re just not looking in the right place.
Nearly everything you own comes to you by sea – which means the oceans have never been so busy. Here's what life is like aboard a huge container ship that takes two miles to stop.
Nine years after his baby picture went viral, Sammy Griner describes how he coped with the fame.
We’re all for using Dad’s hand-me-down clubs, but his out dated polos? Pass. Luckily, Linksoul is breathing new life into golf apparel. Their signature polo is seriously comfortable and currently $29. Just in time for the holidays.
Information is on our phones and in our DNA sequence, but what is it exactly? Is it something subjective or a real quantity?
Photographer Elena Chernyshova spent 10 days at the Kupol gold mine in northeast Russia to see the extremes workers endure to feed our demand for precious metals
Howard Hughes is the archetypal super-rich hermit, said never to have trimmed his nails and to have kept urine in jars. But who was he really?
These people with spinal cord injuries can use cutlery again thanks to a robotic exoskeleton
Birgitta Jonsdottir is leader of Iceland’s Pirate Party, which has just been asked to form a government. BBC Future Now met her to see what the activist-turned-politician has planned
Why are we so quick to take offence? Britain's leading comedian takes on Orwell, Trump and the death of debate in post-truth politics.
Humanity’s population explosion, visualized.
Social media is just the latest marketplace where sex is bought and sold. But a new generation of sex workers are finding their fans are interested in more than just their bodies.
Tight-lipped, frosty and fake, the passive-aggressive person never quite takes the blame. Is this always a bad thing?
You can thank a small miracle of engineering every time you take a picture of yourself.
How you speak to voice assistants matters more than you think.
Are you a phubber or a smombie? You're almost certainly a member of the bowed head tribe. New phrases can skewer our smartphone obsessions.
In this small city near San Francisco, the dead outnumber the living by a thousand to one.
Thanks to some publicity photographs, modeling software, and the efforts of an enterprising video game developer, you can tour North Korea's space command center without fear of arrest.
Google's comprehensive picture of the Earth's changing surface
Meet SALTO the robot, who can leap gracefully from walls like an android Spiderman.
Long before the World Wide Web, the Soviets tried to save the USSR with a computer network. Why did their project never make it?
Inside a vast power plant at the door to the Moroccan desert that is helping to define the energy future of the world.
It's party season in London, but there's a dark side to its famous drinking culture
The cold, cruel mind of the internet troll is the toxic product of human nature and our increasingly cynical culture.
There's a town in West Virginia where there are tight restrictions on mobile signal, wifi and other parts of what most of us know as simply: modern life. It means Green Bank is a place unlike anywhere else in the world. But that could be set to change
Hugo Gernsback believed millions yearned for his 3D TV eyeglasses.
A look at the United States’s bridges, electrical grid, pipelines, railroads, airports and waterways
If you know where to look, you can spot the physical architecture of the internet everywhere: little-known junction boxes, mysterious markings and cables on every street.
A series of high-stakes gamble and false assumptions failed to resulted in the US's failure to prepare for attack 75 years ago.
Ruby Elliot’s laugh-out-loud cartoons offer a personal memoir as well as an invaluable handbook on dealing with depression and anxiety.
Our close relationship with technology has made it easy for our devices to creep us out
The story of Native American dispossession is too easily swept aside, but this interactive map should make it unforgettable.
Fancy inhabiting the body of a musical space beetle or taking on the Kubrickian SuperHyperCube? The New Yorker's mind has been blown by these hallucinogenic VR experiences.
A new effort to clean up toxic electronic waste could unite Israelis and Palestinians.