Piracy on the high seas and laser dazzlers
More people were taken hostage at sea in 2010 than in any year since records began. So how can a ‘ragged band’ of pirates hold the world to ransom?
Birds, bears and mammoths – coming soon?
A UK revival for the world’s heaviest flying bird is being funded by the EU. Now other extinct species could be on their way back.
The world moves into a new Chinese era
China is now the developing world's biggest lender, yet another sign of the country's rising power. Should we be worried?
Avatar director to tackle Challenger Deep
James Cameron is planning a voyage to the bottom of the world's deepest ocean. Is human exploration more valuable than robotic research?
Nuke plant sabotaged in high tech strike
Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons has been delayed by a computer virus. But a major victory for cyber-warfare could unleash more such attacks.
‘Tiger mother’ takes on western parents
A new book has caused a storm by suggesting that western parenting is too lax. Chinese parents, writes the author, know that strict discipline is the path to success.
Uncorked! World’s oldest winery discovered
The world’s oldest winery has been discovered in an Armenian cave; so we’ve been drinking alcohol for at least 6000 years. Is that something to celebrate?
One year on, wounds heal slowly in Haiti
A terrible earthquake left Haiti shattered. One year later, with billions of aid dollars spent, why is the country still in ruins?
Scotland Yard and the spy who 'went native'
Environmental protestors have escaped prosecution, after a police mole who spied on them sensationally changed sides. Everyone’s angry – but who’s in the right?
Political murder disrupts Pakistan.
A campaigner for Pakistan’s democracy has been shot dead by one of his own bodyguards, who thought the moderate politician was wrong to favour free speech over religion.
UK Drugs Trade - Smugglers Get Creative
Drug smugglers are trying inventive new tactics. Can border police stop the illegal trade into the country? And are they targeting the wrong people?
Terrible floods in Australia bring ruin and snakes
They have not seen floods like this in Queensland for over fifty years. But as the waters subside, who should be paying for the damage?