The planetary scientist Collin Pillinger has died aged 70 following a brain haemorrhage. In a piece for the NS in February, he argued that it’s our thirst for discovery that makes us human.
A new exhibition at the British Museum shows how closely the world of the Vikings mirrors our own.
Peter Wilby's First Thoughts.
Would they be allowed to vote on UK-wide laws? And would they still stand in May 2015?
The anti-heroic reading of the First World War did not begin with Blackadder - Wilfred Owen has far more to answer for than Richard Curtis, says the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
A legal loophole has made it impossible to say who can claim the moon - but with a wealth of minerals and "rare earth" elements, plus huge potential for space exploration, we'll have to get up there and fight it out.
Within a few decades, we will have the technological ability to send humans to the red planet - as long as they don't want to come back home again.
Unlike Warhol or Lichtenstein – overexposed and often in London – or the more instantly accessible Caulfield or Blake, Hamilton flies slightly under the radar: a hugely influential ideas man but not quite a household name.
The German capital lacks a modern-day chronicler. This book aims to change that.
The era of global liberalism ended in crisis and retreat and world power is now shifting east. How does our foreign policy adapt?
Two programmes in one day discussed the era of the Crusades.
Two of the League of Gentleman offer up a sublime new series, while Jonathan Meades’s films about concrete architecture are his richest yet.
Orwell’s dystopian vision is convincingly staged but Abi Morgan’s latest is like a visit to Room 101.
Meeting the man behind Spitting Image's rubbery Maggie.
The Russian-American novelist's memoir shuttles back and forth between the deep past of his Soviet childhood to the glimmering possibilities of George Bush Sr's America.
A facsimile of his only book of poems, A Finger in the Fishes Mouth, and a new book of sketches, thoughts and quotations, brings Jarman's art into fuller and more luminous perspective.
With new cinemas in China popping up at the rate of ten a day, Feng Xiaogang is the Chinese answer to Steven Spielberg: a reliable box office hitter.
The sexual exploits of Joe, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Stacy Martin, are depicted without modesty - but the film stops short of being pornographic, tempered as it is by comedy, provocation and grim detail.
Searching in vain for chicken soup in Gothenburg.
Will Self on the floods.
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