In the 70s, 80s and 90s, engineering got a pretty bad press. The news was dominated by strikes and job losses and it's hardly surprising that the legacy of that time has had its impact on young people. But now engineering is one of the best paid and most secure careers a young person can choose.
There can be little doubt that Britain's nuclear weapons will be a hot topic in the next general election campaign. With a decision on whether or not to replace Trident previously expected in this parliament, one of the coalition government's early decisions was to push this controversial choice back to 2016.
North Korea's rocket launch is a controversial act that seems to suggest a new strategy by the North, if it really is a facade to test for long range missiles, but who really gains from its supposed desire for advanced weapon technology and its ability to threaten the further reaches of the globe?