Testing times

Baked, crushed, dropped and frozen...Dan Simmons goes inside a secret mobile phone testing lab.


A key energy source for Romans, with nothing at all to do with the game of conkers! Alison Sandle sells chestnuts for a living.

Sounds random

22 different hiccups and a crying giant salamander. NPR's Louisa Lim pokes around the sound archive with a difference.

Bee deaths

Spanish scientists think they might have found a cure to colony collapse disorder. Dennis van Engelsdorp weighs up the evidence.

Digital TV

Peter Griffin decodes the latest digital TV offerings. So what to choose? Freeview, My Sky or Tivo?

Slice of history

Pizza was a cheap and easy food for the poor that's now conquered the world. Carol Helstosky's written a book about its history.