Xi Jinping

Global Scan

Scientists come a step closer to making Star Trek's tractor beam a reality

Science fiction has long envisioned "tractor" beams that could grab and move physical objects using a laser or other stream of energy. Now scientists have created one, at least on a small scale. And we have some advice if you use heat in the winter. Most Brits, and many of us, apparently don't know how to use our thermostats. Also, Chinese officials go on a worldwide corruption hunt, in today's Global Scan.

Global Politics

China's Imperfect Transition

China is going through an unsually messy transition of power, punctuated by a murder trial, a disgraced politician, and a disappearing leader-in-waiting. People in China have a different perspective. The World's Mary Kay Magistad has the story.