So how can we, knowing the great leaps that technology has recently made, go back to feeling excited about the future? And is there a way to predict what will happen, without turning to the (probably) unrealisable dream of flying skateboards?
Thunderstorms are notoriously difficult to forecast with any precision. It is perhaps a little surprising that prediction of the timing and location of one of Nature's most dramatic events, poses an enduring problem for weather forecasters.
We need to inform parents about their choices instead of scaring them into avoiding bedsharing.
Nearly half of the UK's office workers are suffering from 'Infobesity', the over-consumption of information. It's making us unhappy, is bad for our health, and hurts our productivity... There must be something wrong with the office culture in many companies when 45% of workers feel that they should reply to work email instantly - no matter where they are or what they're doing.
Greg Clark takes over Willetts' old brief, and George Freeman will be the UK's first 'Minister for Life Sciences'. What does life hold in store for them, and for the science sector they'll be responsible for? David Willetts - for all the protests that dogged him over Higher Education reforms - was an almost universally-liked figure amongst the UK science community.
As atmospheric carbon levels reach seemingly implacable heights, the degree to which sustainable solutions must be implemented follows suit. And yet, little headway has been made on this critical issue, at least according to recent forecasts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which released its Fifth Assessment Report earlier this year.
Have you ever looked up in the sky and wondered "What on earth is that?" I can still remember the first time I saw a little rainbow in the sky not far from the sun... what was I looking at? It's time to say Halo to optical phenomena...
"How many robots do you encounter during your day?" The answer, I expect, is none... the great news is that we have some fantastic UK entrepreneurs ready, and inspired by the mission, to lead the RAS charge from Europe.
Some stories are best told with visualisation... They aren't flashy; they are simple and designed to convey key information quickly... The amount of data being generated by the World Cup lets us explore anything.
Companies House just announced that it's making all of its documents available for free in 2015... it shows once again that the UK is a pioneer in data transparency... Companies House itself says, this move "will open up opportunities for entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ways of using the information."
The development of effective and evidence-based psychological treatments is one of the major triumphs of the last decades. And based on this triumph, some folks say we don't really need to know why they work, we just need more of them. But that is jumping the gun on policy, and may just further embed the status quo into our management of mental health problems.
Analysts forecast that spending on wearable technology will hit $19 billion by 2018; but for wearable device spend to come close to that figure, app developers will need to be encouraged to create with the same vigour and ingenuity we saw at the beginning of the smartphone revolution.
The Embryo Project, directed by Jane Maienschein and Manfred Laubichler, brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines who look at the history, science and various issues surrounding the growing fields of embryology, development and reproductive medicine.
The reason it appeared that disabled people, healthcare professionals and people of faith were opposed to a change in the law was that leaders of these groups were unfairly misrepresenting the majority... This Friday these issues will be discussed at length in the House of Lords.
Computer graphics can help create incredible instances of escapism - but also play a part of helping to change our world for the better... bringing awareness to a quietly devastating issue via a bit of visual trickery.
Nature is full of mysteries. A hidden cove here; a unique rock formation there. A curiously pink lake; a cave that glows in the dark. The richness and diversity of nature is what prompts us to seek out these concealed places and one-of-a-kind wonders.