In our digital world, social relations have become mediated by data. Without even realizing it, we’re barricading ourselves against strangeness -- people and ideas that don't fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we’ve already been. A call for technology to deliver us to what and who we need, even if it’s unfamiliar. (Filmed at TED@Intel.)
Kerry seeks solution to melting Arctic
14 May 2013 4:09:28
US top diplomat dives into debate over melting Arctic
HMRC names further tax dodgers
14 May 2013 3:48:19
HM Revenue and Customs publishes its second list of tax defaulters, as it tries to shame people into paying up.
Brains and booze at new festival
14 May 2013 3:00:44
Scientists discuss sex, sleep, drugs and dynamite over a pint of beer at a new festival held in London, Oxford and Cambridge.
VIDEO: ISS 'star' Hadfield back on Earth
14 May 2013 2:57:22
The astronaut whose photographs of Earth and videos of life in space gained him hundreds of thousands of followers on social networks has returned to Earth.
Channel 4 reports record 2012 spend
14 May 2013 2:39:20
Channel 4 dipped into its huge cash reserves to spend a record amount on new programming last year, the not-for-profit broadcaster said.
US shale rocks global power balance
14 May 2013 2:27:53
Vast reserves of shale oil is set to make the US an exporter rather than a leading importer, delivering a blow to Middle East oil producers that can expect to see demand fall, an International Energy Agency report observes.
Resistance to EU green farming plan
14 May 2013 2:05:20
EU's green subsidy plan runs into deeper trouble
Monster radiation burst from Sun
14 May 2013 1:55:28
The Sun has unleashed the most powerful eruption - a solar flare - of 2013 so far.
VIDEO: Showcase for diggers and drills
14 May 2013 1:52:32
The UK's largest construction equipment exhibition, where hundreds of companies will be hoping to build up some new orders, is taking place at Stoneleigh Park.
Venezuela opposition TV channel sold
14 May 2013 1:24:10
The owners of Venezuelan opposition TV channel Globovision say they have sold the channel, with changes expected to its editorial line.
AUDIO: 'Tough' code for payday lenders
14 May 2013 0:55:58
A regulator called the Short-term Lending Compliance Board has been set up to make sure registered payday lenders abide by a new code of conduct.
VIDEO: Saving 1980s cars from the scrapyard
14 May 2013 0:22:06
The number of cars from the 1980s being driven in the UK today is dwindling, yet classic cars from the 60s and 70s still appear to be popular.
RBS facing shareholder discontent
14 May 2013 0:19:07
RBS is facing shareholder discontent at its annual general meeting in Edinburgh over £607m of staff bonuses during a year when it lost £5.2bn.
CVC shelves Betfair takeover bid
14 May 2013 0:18:06
Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners calls off its attempt to buy online betting group Betfair after the two companies fail to reach a deal.
VIDEO: Clothing firms in Bangladesh pact
14 May 2013 0:08:21
Some of Europe's biggest clothing chains, including H&M and Zara, say they will sign an agreement to improve working and safety conditions in factories in Bangladesh.
Confusion over Cornish 'pasty tax'
14 May 2013 9:50:40
There is still confusion over when VAT should be added to the sale of pasties, a survey by the Cornish Pasty Association finds.
Nokia unveils slimmer top-end phone
14 May 2013 9:31:18
Nokia slims down its flagship smartphone, ditching built-in support for wireless charging and upgrading its camera technology.
VIDEO: First look at Nokia 'flagship' Lumia 925
14 May 2013 9:31:05
Rory Cellan-Jones visits Nokia's London offices, to get a preview of the company's new, slimmer, flagship phone, the Lumia 925.
France mulls tax on internet devices
14 May 2013 9:30:19
The French government considers introducing a "culture tax" on the sale of smartphones and tablets to help fund French film, music and images.
Lonmin mineworkers in new strike
14 May 2013 9:30:01
Lonmin mineworkers in South Africa down tools in a wildcat strike, after a senior union official was shot at the weekend.
Skylab: Why don't we live in space yet?
14 May 2013 9:14:13
Why the early ambition of space exploration has faded
VIDEO: Litter at highest level for five years
14 May 2013 9:08:51
The amount of litter left on British beaches is at it's highest level for five years.
Mayan pyramid destroyed in Belize
14 May 2013 9:06:55
An ancient Mayan temple in Belize has been destroyed by a road-building crew using bulldozers and backhoes to extract gravel for road filler.
Housing demand 'highest since 2009'
14 May 2013 8:53:42
Demand for flats and houses in the UK has risen to its highest level for three and a half years, according to an industry survey.