BBC Future

A global thinker from the world of philosophy, science or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable - that they believe will change the world.

College writers on the stories that matter to their generation — and yours.

The week’s must-reads from around the web. Feed your mind with the pick of the most recent science and technology stories, selected by The Browser.

Ideas that can change lives. Renowned inventors, scientists and futurologists describe the big idea that they want to solve and how it can transform the world.

The future of transport. BBC presenter and trained engineer Jack Stewart sorts solar planes from magnetic trains, offering you a guide to the vehicles and transport technologies of tomorrow.

Take a deep dive into the big stories in science, technology and health written by some of the best writers around.

How the wired world is shaping our lives. BBC Future unpicks how digital culture and technologies pervade everything we do.

Ideas and technology that could change the world. Hi-tech or low tech, developing or developed world, we profile the innovators and inventors who are finding solutions to the world’s problems.

Urban myths and old wives tales under the microscope. Medical broadcaster Claudia Hammond busts misconceptions and untruths in the world of health.

Exploring the science of life. A new publication from the Wellcome Trust, Mosaic’s in-depth articles and films tell the stories behind biomedical research and its impact on society. Republished here under a Creative Commons licence.

Neuroscience and the psychology of the everyday. Psychologist Tom Stafford explores the surprisingly complex theories behind experiences we all take for granted.

Uncovering the value of the planet’s hidden treasures. Why there is more to the Earth’s great wild places than just their natural beauty.

Where science meets pop culture. Science broadcaster and film critic Quentin Cooper takes a sideways look at trends and debates in science and how they are often foreshadowed in films, TV and books.

Choices for the future of the human planet. Science and environment writer Gaia Vince takes you on a journey through the Anthropocene – the age of man – identifying the planets limits and what we can do about them.

Tales from the new space race. Broadcaster and self-confessed space nerd Richard Hollingham gives a personal view from mission control, exploring man’s continued obsession with the final frontier.

Uncovering today’s unsung scientific discoveries. Science writer Phil Ball trawls through the mass of scientific literature, uncovering developments and breakthroughs that could impact all our futures.

Our animal behaviour uncovered. Jason G. Goldman explores how the quirks, traits and characteristics we think set us apart from other species may not be so special after all.

Burning questions in science and beyond. Leading writers and bloggers look beyond the hype to find out if there is any truth behind some of today’s most intriguing questions.

Radical views for transforming our future. The world’s greatest minds push the limits of their imagination by tackling the biggest challenge or opportunity faced in their field.

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Incredible Humans

Extraordinary bodies and minds. Helen Thomson interviews people at the extremes of human biology, and discovers what these fascinating cases can tell us about ourselves.


Answers to your burning questions. Top Gear’s James May and his crack team break down everything from everyday curiosities to the latest discoveries.

Journey: Upgraded

Katia Moskvitch explores how science, design and technology is changing our everyday experience of modern travel - by air, land and sea.

The Paleofuturist

Unearthing the future that never was. Retrofuturist Matt Novak explores dusty archives to uncover the technologies, lifestyles and ideas imagined by the thinkers of the past and explores why they never came to pass.

Tomorrow's Lives

The people living the future today. Rose Eveleth meets those witnessing the forefront of science and technology, and their personal experiences reveal what may be possible for all of us.

Last Place on Earth

A grand tour of our planet’s last outposts. In a rapidly changing world, writer Rachel Nuwer sets out to find the last remaining places, people, technologies and resources of their kind.

Taste of Tomorrow

The future of food and flavour. Veronique Greenwood takes you on a gastronomic tour with a difference, revealing the latest thinking behind the way food is produced and sold to you, and exploring how and why we respond to food in the way we do.


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The Real Risk

The odds you need to know. Statistician David Spiegelhalter crunches the numbers on everything from car crashes to asteroids to reveal what is worth worrying about.


Redesigning the everyday. BBC Future works with top designers to rethink common objects and offer 21st Century solutions.

The Genius Behind

The most amazing and sometimes little known technological and scientific breakthroughs of modern times, and the innovative minds behind them.

The Secret World Of...

Chris Baraniuk explores the hidden people, industries, design and research behind all the things we take for granted in everyday life

Code Red

Where science, security and secrets collide. Defence writer Sharon Weinberger goes behind the closed doors of the labs and projects working on the future of national security.

Nature's Tricks

Design and innovation inspired by the natural world. Emily Anthes investigates the scientists, architects and engineers taking cues from nature’s ingenuity to create a better blueprint for our world.

Body Matters

The mysteries of our bodies. Jason G Goldman investigates why our body parts – from eyes to hands – ended up the way they did, and how they made us human.

TED Quotes

Quotable moments from the world's most inspiring thinkers. A handpicked collection of thought-provoking quotes delivered on the TED stage, including well-known classics and hidden gems, presented with the original talk.

Beyond Human

How technology is enhancing the body and mind. Writer Frank Swain explores the social, legal, and ethical impact of devices and prosthetics that promise to augment our natural abilities, senses and brainpower.