3D printers are coming to Britain. This autumn Selfridges is offering a London-based printing workshop, allowing people to make 3D-printed statuettes of themselves. It's all very exciting, but - like most technology - it has a dark side too and has the potential to kill.
The world is used to identifying the drug war as a US project. A long-time bankroller and cheerleader for punitive drug policies, the United States is typically viewed as a defender of the status quo. But change is in the air in American drug policy.
What really upsets me is so many good people would have given anything to provide Daniel Pelka with a fresh start, a new life with new parents. And a swift and decisive intervention at just the right time would mean he'd still be alive now... Instead, today, we have the grim task of poring through a Serious Case Review laying bare the failures that denied little Daniel this second chance.
It may seem paradoxical but by encouraging the courts to use prison more intelligently, the government might make real strides toward using prison less. And that should be a goal for prison reformers to cheer.
It seemed all the world's newswires went into meltdown this week at the exciting news of a pair of new Apple iPhones soon becoming available. But while Apple continues to command a huge share of the growing smart phone market, it is use of Android phones that continues to expand at the biggest rate.
The four Delhi gang rape convicts are likely to be sentenced to death for raping and killing a 23 year old woman... Hanging the four Delhi rapists might satisfy the conscience of the nation, but it does nothing to improve the lot of women in India.
The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill poses dangers to civil liberty: freedoms of protest and of association are threatened.
Following the conviction of Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek for the murder of four-year-old Daniel Pelka, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: "his death should be on all of our consciences." This is not a sentiment likely to be echoed by the media or the general public, who perhaps understandably lay the blame squarely on the professionals whose job it is to protect children. In the media blitz that accompanied the conviction, Mr Clegg and former children's minister Tim Loughton rushed to reassure the public that the government is doing everything possible to "reduce complexity and bureaucracy" in the child protection system, and that deaths like Daniel's are isolated cases. Government spin belies the reality of child protection.
The accused man was found guilty, so in terms of the law the matter is clear - the man's act was unlawful. What matters here is the implied moral judgement about the girl. He was not sent to prison and we know that these types of victims often do not get the justice they deserve.
For most of today's cybercriminals their activities are not a hobby to brag about with mates. What they do is a serious business to them and they employ many of the best 'traditional' business practices mainstream companies use with the goal of making money. Today's cybercriminal gangs are highly professional and motivated.
Was the Great Train Robbery the beginning of a process which lead to popular TV series such as The Sopranos and Dexter, where hero and villain often appear inverted?
The size of the global organ trafficking industry, which primarily engages in kidney transplants, remains unknown due to its clandestine nature. However, anecdotal evidence shows that it is clearly a multi-million dollar industry.
The government made much capital of the recent figures from the Office For Numbers We Just Made Up concerning crime in this country. They said that there isn't any. All crime has been solved, most criminals have rejoined society as responsible contributors to the public good, and every DJ and soap star is now firmly behind bars.
Social media and smartphone technology has improved to the point that you can pinpoint your exact location to a Facebook status or photo, or add a location to a Tweet, just as easily as you can send the message itself. This is all very well in the world of technology and social media, but not the smartest move if you're on the other side of the world and your house currently lies empty.
Witless fools frequently troll online forums and message boards. Hiding behind a keyboard it's easy for someone to succumb to the belief that they are free to say whatever you to whoever they want. The bully mentality has moved from the playground to the online arena with seemingly no consequences.
They say that crime doesn't pay. I don't know who "they" are in this context but "they" probably couldn't find their face with both hands. Talk to the experts, the people who really know about crime, the ones on the front line, and story is different. If you ask actual criminals, they will tell you that it pays rather handsomely, thank you very much.