The Kraken

10 Oct 2011

A paper presented to the Geological Society of America suggests an explanation for a puzzling accumulation of remains of prehistoric ichthyosaurs. The paper's authors speculate that the creatures were killed and eaten by a gigantic cephalopod that might have lived during the Triassic period.

The Glencore Letter

27 May 2011

Following the IPO of Glencore International AG, a major commodities trader, journalists have received a letter from Glencore's law firm, a company specializing in reputation management. The letter warns that the executives of Glencore are 'extremely private individuals' and advises journalists to be circumspect in their coverage of the company.

12 Days of Wikileaks

18 Dec 2010

The furore over the leaks site Wikileaks and its controversial founder, Julian Assange, continues.

Open-source restaurant

24 Feb 2010

The world's first 'open-source' restaurant has opened, allowing diners to get recipes for the dishes that they have eaten and even download plans for the furniture and fittings.

The Pirate Finder General

19 Nov 2009

The UK government is considering plans to modify the Digital Economy Bill to create a position for an individual described as 'the Pirate Finder General', with far-reaching powers to investigate and punish copyright violations online.

Near miss

10 Nov 2009

A previously-unknown asteroid passed within 14,000km of Earth, and was detected less than a day before reaching its point of closest approach.

Lord of the Flies

16 Oct 2009

Scientists have used lasers to create false memories of pain in fruit flies.

Shoes of the wrathful

14 Dec 2008

During a surprise visit to Iraq, President Bush narrowly escaped a pair of shoes hurled at him by an Iraqi journalist.

Driver says God ordered 100mph wreck

5 Dec 2008

The driver of a pickup that struck a woman's car on the South Side Friday morning is being evaluated by psychiatrists because he thinks God told him to drive in excess of 100 mph to take the other car off the road, police said.

Papers give peek inside al Qaeda in Iraq

11 Jun 2008

Computers and files seized from a senior member of Al-Qaeda in Iraq have given a fascinating picture of the detailed, often bureaucratic, planning procedures used by the group.