8. LDL
By Sophie Elmhirst - 05 May 9:12

Generally, acronyms should be flung on to the pyre (starting with the hideous duo of LOL and FYI), but this one's special. LDL emerged from the recent Senate hearings with Goldman Sachs, and stands for "let's discuss live".

Fingers on buzzwords
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 05 May 9:01

The election campaign hasn’t been all surface effects. There’s been a bit of philosophy at times, to

Fred Halliday, 1946-2010
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 03 May 14:06

The death of a great internationalist.

Electoral magnetism
By Michael Brooks - 01 May 11:39

It's great being a physicist: we are equipped to explain everything. For any problem - traffic jams, economic meltdown, why cornflakes get stuck in the box – a physicist can pull out a set of equations that offer a solution.

By Sophie Elmhirst - 30 April 11:03

As in "Cleggmania". And "Tigermania". And "Twilight-mania".

The assault on the humanities
By Simon Reid-Henry - 29 April 16:00

Philosophy at Middlesex University under threat.

Joe Public v the volcano
By Slavoj Zizek - 29 April 8:12

We are living in an age when we are both able to change nature and more at its mercy than ever –– as

The republican moment

The Liberal Democrats understand, as the public does,
that our politics is broken. Now, the nation

Good Idea: Mother's day
By Alyssa McDonald - 23 April 9:23

There's something horribly Victorian about the phrase "maternal mortality" - the idea that giving birth is still, routinely, a life-threatening activity. But

The economist manifesto
By Amartya Sen - 23 April 9:13

The 18th-century philosopher Adam Smith wasn’t the free-market fundamentalist he is thought to have

Invasion of the body snatchers
By Susie Orbach - 19 April 9:01

The beauty industry steals women’s self-esteem and convinces us to spend unwisely in pursuit of phys

By Sophie Elmhirst - 16 April 9:30

Verbs as nouns. Nouns as verbs. It's a prevailing concern. This week we take on the linguistic pothole that is Twitter. Everyone blames everything on Twitter.

Philip Pullman: between Jesus and Christ
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 15 April 8:07

The author of His Dark Materials has an imaginative sympathy with religious faith that has largely b

Why the arts matter
By Yo Zushi - 08 April 16:07

Politicians are right to make this an election issue.

By Sophie Elmhirst - 06 April 19:04

You've probably seen the advert for BT Infinity ("The internet in an instant").

The NS Interview: Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society
By Sophie Elmhirst - 06 April 19:03

“Creationists are people who are intellectually deprived”

Should creationism be taught in British classrooms?
By Michael Reiss - 06 April 11:17

Why schools and universities should encourage debate on evolution -- and how this could benefit scie

One Jewish culture, many voices
By Michael Rosen - 05 April 10:12

Have we really sleepwalked into multicultural segregation? The poet Michael Rosen visits the reopene

Bad Idea: Data overload
By Alyssa McDonald - 02 April 11:16

Heather Brooke, the Freedom of Information campaigner and journalist who was working on the MPs' expenses scandal long before the Telegraph got its chequebook out, makes a neat point in her new book, The Silent St

Of men and monsters
By Terry Eagleton - 01 April 8:11

Acknowledging that wickedness exists doesn’t mean you have to believe in the existence of Satan. And

3. Progressive
By Sophie Elmhirst - 26 March 8:43

When did everyone become a progressive? When did progressive become a noun? If you think this election is going to be characterised by battles over public spending, you are wrong.

Armando Ianucci - extended interview
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 March 15:27

A longer version of this week's NS interview

2. Gimmick
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 March 8:21

In Anton Valukis's 2,200-page, hulking loaf of a report on the Lehman Brothers collapse, two words stood out: "accounting gimmick". As gimmicks go, one involving accounting sounds dire.

Hang ’em high with this election
By Anthony Barnett - 22 March 7:37

New Labour wasted an unprecedented opportunity to reform Britain economically and politically and cr

Demonstrators in Beirut in 2010
Extremely brave, extremely Rachel
By Bibi van der Zee - 21 March 9:21

Once in a while, you end up with someone as special as Rachel Corrie.

The NS interview: Armando Iannucci
By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 March 0:28

“Satire is a black-and-white programme with Dudley Moore”

1. Journey
By Sophie Elmhirst - 15 March 8:19

It seems harmless, doesn't it? A journey. A gentle voyage on a boat. A train ride to the south coast. An ocean crossing to a new life. It seems Victorian - picnics and sandwiches, lemonade and a squalling baby. Not any more.

Behind NME lines
By D J Taylor - 12 March 8:09

“Nice boys” like Nick Kent wrote about the louche stars of Seventies music in a sharp but open-minde

Good Idea: Commercial brakes
By Alyssa McDonald - 05 March 9:27

In a sex-smeared world, advertising is one of the grubbiest corners of our culture, finds the psychologist Linda Papadopoulos in a Home Office report on the connections between the sexualisation of young people and violence ag

Avatar: Return of the natives
By Slavoj Zizek - 04 March 7:08

Slavoj Žižek on the "brutal racist overtones" of James Cameron's Avatar.