Tracy Beaker show breaks TV record
Should she have a fairy tale ending? A show about Tracy Beaker and her daughter was watched 2.1 million times in its first week. Does Tracy deserve the ending she has always dreamt of?
Joe Biden becomes the 46th president
Do we get wiser as we get older? Joe Biden is the oldest person ever to serve as president of the United States. At 78, he has a lot of experience – but does that necessarily mean wisdom?
Three children who changed the world in 2020
Are you ever too young to make a difference? Three young people have used their different talents to stand up for their rights, care for people and make scientific breakthroughs.
The toy that could teach pets to talk
Is talking to our pets a good idea? One company has come up with a device that lets dogs learn words. By pressing buttons, the pets can “talk” to their owners about what they want to do.
Moon mission a new era for space travel
Does space travel bring us hope? Experts working on an historical lunar mission say it helps us stay optimistic during hard times – but some people think we should stick to earthly problems.
France says 'no' to performing animals
Should wild animals be banned from all circuses? Last week, France announced a ban on animals travelling with the circus. Some people think every country should make similar laws.
“Education for all,” says Liverpool forward
Do athletes set the best example? Mo Salah has given a speech to the United Nations calling for better education for refugee children. He is one of many athletes using their fame for good.
The friendly robots fighting loneliness
Should we really trust robots? A growing number of people are turning to robots when they feel lonely – but critics warn against relying on mechanical friends.
Amazing plant burger spells end for meat
Should we celebrate the end of meat? Beyond Burger sizzles and bleeds, but it is made from plants. Its popularity is soaring as people turn away from meat altogether.
Siblings matter more than parents, say experts
Are siblings more important than parents? Some scientists say that your friendship with your brothers and sisters teaches you how to act towards others and shapes you more than anything else.
How we can learn from ancient heroes
Are historical figures better role models than modern people? Ancient generals Alexander the Great and Hannibal reigned supreme in battle. Some say we could learn from their successes.
Harry and Meghan fight for a private life
One hundred days after announcing their retirement as senior royals, Harry and Meghan are still battling with the newspapers over their privacy. Does the couple have the right to expect it?
Diet of chips and crisps ruins eyesight
Have we forgotten how to eat? We know that many of our Stone Age ancestors enjoyed a great diet. In rich countries today, we live in luxury — but malnourishment is getting worse.
Polar ice sheets melting faster than ever
Are melting ice caps our most urgent problem? With ice in Antarctica and Greenland melting faster than ever before, scientists warn of catastrophic consequences if we do not act quickly.
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Toughest man in Japan bursts into tears
Last week, a top sumo wrestler burst into tears of joy and relief when he won the famous Emperor’s Cup. It sparked a debate about whether athletes should try harder to hide their feelings.