Dutch teen becomes youngest round-the-world sailor
Sixteen-year-old Laura Dekker has arrived back on dry land this weekend after sailing a full circuit of the Earth. She faced many dangers, but the worst, she says, was social services.
Illness hits Hawking as fans praise ‘science genius’
Physicist Stephen Hawking has missed his 70th birthday due to an infection. But doctors said he would be dead at 23. Within a failing body, lies a brilliant, stubborn, optimistic mind.
Zambezi nightmare as bungee jump goes wrong
When Erin Langworthy went bungee jumping, she hoped for an adrenaline rush. Instead, after the cord snapped, she found herself fighting for life in the Zambezi river. Was it worth the risk?
7 billion and counting: women hold key to population
Millions of women worldwide still lack access to contraception or education. As the planet's seven billionth baby is born, the links between poverty and population have never been so important.
Youth unemployment levels hit record high
For today's young Britons, widespread unemployment means the future looks bleak. As joblessness among 18 to 24-year-olds nears one million, we ask what it takes to kickstart a career.
Three women win the world’s top prize for peace
One of this year's best-kept secrets came out this weekend – the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. There were two surprises: not only were there three winners; they were all women.
US military lifts ban on being openly gay
Under a policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, gay men and women in the American armed forces have been forced to hide their sexuality. This week ushers in a new era of openness.
Academic ‘X-Factor’ names intellectual rising stars
Ten of Britain's most promising intellectuals have been named winners of a competition to identify academic talent. They are brilliant thinkers, but where are the polymaths?
The secret life of Britain's violent gangs
Journalist Gavin Knight spent two years studying youth gangs in Britain. In a new book, published next month, he lifts the lid on a dangerous and often tragic existence.
Professors at war over ‘odious’ private college
A vicious spat has torn through the sedate world of academia, as philosopher A. C. Grayling attempts to set up his own private university.
From churl to chav: shaming the underclass
A new book suggests we enjoy ridiculing people at the bottom of the heap for everything: their accent, their behaviour and even their clothes. Often by using the word 'chav'.