Outer space is open for business. It's a booming $50 billion a year industry and growing so fast that not even the sky is the limit. Few of us give a thought to the myriad satellites bobbing around thousands of kilometres above our heads.
Fuelled by a cocktail of drugs, armed robberies are growing more violent and unpredictable. Wired on drugs and adrenaline, robbers storm into the bank, screaming and swearing at terrified staff and customers.
On September 11 2001, thousands of dead were unaccounted for in the smouldering rubble of the World Trade Centre. Among them, was the remains of Mohamed Atta, whose last murderous act tipped the world into a confrontation between Islam and the West.
They've launched controversial forays into election campaigns in Australia, New Zealand the US. Now the Exclusive Brethren are drawing more unwanted headlines, this time accused of trawling for dirt on the sex life of the NZ Prime Minister's husband.
Billions of dollars are fed each year into a nationwide prison boom that's seen the captive population nearly double in a decade. But could there be a relatively cheap and cost-effective way to stop prisoners reoffending?
A whole generation of Australians has grown up believing that smoking pot is a harmless pastime. They need to think again. The view of cannabis as a benign drug is under challenge from the science and medical community.
They had been warned, they thought they had made the necessary preparations but nothing could prepare the people of Victoria for the fireball that swept through their state.
How much power could we extract from sun, wind and geothermal sources, and at what cost compared with the government's preferred solutions - nuclear power and clean coal?
Children across Australia talk about the alarming impact of bullying on their lives.
A special report on the end of war in Iraq - and the beginnings of a turbulent peace. As Saddam Hussein's giant statue topples ignominiously in downtown Baghdad, award-winning reporter Liz Jackson begins a personal exploration of the aftermath of war.
The old mantra, all girls have XX chromosomes and all boys have XY, is no longer reliable. The proof lives in as many as 40,000 Australians whose chromosomes don't match the standard.
US strategists are honing plans to oust Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein, but after Saddam, what then? Who would lead Iraq? Another military dictator or a bold democrat? Might Iraq fall into chaos, even disintegrate?
Almost daily, the supporters of nuclear power notch up a small new victory. With each gloomy media mention about global warming or fossil fuels, the nuclear industry can boast - we've got the clean answer.
If your late model car goes missing, don't expect to see it again soon. Chances are it's being rapidly dissected by swarming thieves, the parts packed into containers destined for ports in the Middle East.
Twins Anne and Helen were 20 years old when they learned they had been conceived from an anonymous man's sperm. They spent the next 20 trying to crack the mystery of his identity. Can a balance be struck between the rights of children and donor fathers?