The trillion-tonne challenge
By Fred Pearce - 15 May 13:00

What should come after the end of the first round of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012? Fred Pearce makes a

Reason and light
By Caspar Henderson - 15 May 13:00

<strong>John Houghton</strong> tells Caspar Henderson how he convinced the leaders of 30-40 million

Taking the gravity out of prayer
By Ziauddin Sardar - 08 May 13:00

Who will be Malaysia's first astronauts? And how will they perform their prayers, as Muslims, under

In Defence of N Khrushchev, Author
By J K Galbraith - 08 May 13:00

<strong>Taken from the <em>New Statesman</em> archive, 9 April 1971.</strong>

J K Galbraith, wh

NS Essay - 'Power elites dislike being identified: it threatens their covert authority'
By Hywel Williams - 01 May 13:00

Britain's secretive rulers consist of an incompetent executive class, a meaningless political class

The survival of the happiest
By Mark Easton - 24 April 13:00

Instead of simply making us richer, politicians should aim to make Britain happier, say the "new uti

NS Special Report: . . . but what if it's a girl?
By Carla Power - 24 April 13:00

Modern technology is helping parents in Asia indulge in a hideous practice - killing off their girl

'Joe, I suspect, has no sense at all that he was born, or will die'
By Michael Blastland - 17 April 13:00

Our ideas about people who are severely disabled raise tough questions of what it means to be human.

This time we need the complete truth
By Staff blogger - 17 April 13:00

With a conventional, if not nuclear, strike in prospect, we have an absolute right to know the exten

'When it comes to facts, and explanations of facts, science is the only game in town'
By Sholto Byrnes - 10 April 13:00

Daniel Dennett is the "good cop" among religion’s critics (Richard Dawkins is the bad cop), but he s

Religion: What’s God got to do with it?
By Karen Armstrong - 10 April 13:00

The great faiths share the same historical roots - and believing in a deity hasn't always been neces

Religion - And the left - Should the state 'do god'?
By Richard Reeves - 10 April 13:00

The relationship between religion and politics needs a radical rethink

The great MI5 spy coup that wasn't
By Michael Smith - 03 April 13:00

Observations on intelligence

Ziauddin Sardar takes a drugs trial
By Ziauddin Sardar - 03 April 13:00

Science has ceased to be normal "puzzle solving". Welcome to the era of post-normal science

Sound science is not enough
By Julian Hunt - 03 April 13:00

The fight against climate change demands leadership and fresh thinking from politicians

Fly and be damned
By Mark Lynas - 03 April 13:00

We could close every factory, lock away every car and turn off every light in the country, but it wo

The Tyburn mob
By Francis Williams - 03 April 13:00

<strong>Taken from the <em>New Statesman</em> archive, 16 May 1959.</strong> Ronald Marwood, a Londo

Maximum cities
By Rana Dasgupta - 27 March 13:00

London, Paris and New York are dying – the 21st century belongs to the fertile chaos of the third-wo

Now is the time for a new CND
By Will Self - 27 March 13:00

<b>Will Self<b> calls for a broad coalition to mobilise once again, and expel foreign warmongers fro

The cult of cheerfulness
By Kira Cochrane - 27 March 13:00

When Barbara Ehrenreich set out to investigate corporate culture in America, she found a sinister,

Atheists are irrational too
By John Gray - 20 March 12:00

Breaking the Spell: religion as a natural phenomenon

Daniel C Dennett <em>Allen Lane, the Penguin

Loose connection
By Madeleine Bunting - 13 March 12:00

The Culture of the New Capitalism

Richard Sennett <em>Yale University Press, 224pp, £14.99</em>

Reality but no reconciliation
By Beatrix Campbell - 13 March 12:00

Observations on truth

NS Essay - 'We envy and admire people who negotiate shorter hours - yet there's an overwhelming suspicion that they are ''skiving off'''
By Viv Groskop - 13 March 12:00

The clamour for work-life balance is pitting employee against employee, argues Viv Groskop, but the

'If there had been a little man waving back from Mars, we would have been right there. But there was just a rock'
By Zoe Williams - 13 March 12:00

Have we really lost our enthusiasm for space, or are we simply waiting for the discovery of some pro

The new globalisation guru?
By Eric Hobsbawm and Jacques Attali - 13 March 12:00

In the past week Eric Hobsbawm, the pre-eminent historian and avowed communist, debated the role of

Lindsey Hilsum - predicts Iranian cloned sheep
By Lindsey Hilsum - 13 March 12:00

Iran has a fervour for science. Its stem-cell research is nearly as advanced as Britain's

The biofuel con
By Sue Branford - 06 March 12:00

Observations on energy