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Brazil: World Cup host country

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in Brazil. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. You might be watching all the matches, but is your knowledge of Brazil up to scratch? Find out more.

Giant virus revived from deep freeze tundra

A 30,000-year-old giant virus has been revived from the frozen Siberian tundra, sparking concern that increased mining and oil drilling in rapidly warming northern latitudes could disturb dormant microbial life that could one day prove harmful to man ... read more

A one-way trip into space

Unearthly home: as our numbers grow and we find ever less space on earth, living on the Red Planet becomes a tantalising prospect. Within a few decades, we will have the technological ability to send humans to the red planet - as long as they don't want to come back home again... read more

What's the problem with Google Glass?

I was listening to music on my iPhone one morning in the rust-tinged gym at one of the oldest swimming and boating clubs in San Francisco. An elderly man tapped me on the shoulder. "We don't do that here,” he said, pointing to my headphones ... read more