To know the countryside, you must live in the city
By David Nicholson-Lord - 10 May 13:00

Country folk, tradition has it, are in tune with nature. Wrong. They have long shown woeful ignoranc

NS Essay - Military occupation is not the road to democracy
By Robert Cooper - 03 May 13:00

Democracies are not made by written laws which can be exported as a package. They depend on unwritte

Religion: Why do we still give a damn?
By Barbara Gunnell - 03 May 13:00

In one of the world's most secular societies, ministers tremble at an archbishop's words and give cl

Why Iraqis give thanks for Bush
By Orly Halpern - 26 April 13:00

In a country that was once divided, Shias and Sunnis are now as one, praying together for the first

Mark Thomas goes on trial for criminal damage
By Mark Thomas - 26 April 13:00

Together with three others, I was charged with criminal damage to a minibus. We were all acquitted,

NS Essay - The honesty of science is being compromised at every turn
By Colin Tudge - 26 April 13:00

Can we still rely on what scientists tell us? Alas, no. Their conferences and papers are sponsored b

NS Essay - Friendship is the invisible thread running through society
By Richard Reeves - 19 April 13:00

Friends can give you longer life and better health. But they can also be the basis for hierarchy, so

NS Essay - Babies have now to be trained in the Protestant work ethic
By Suzanne Moore - 12 April 13:00

As parents claim the credit if their child succeeds and professionals say there's something wrong wi

When men have lost their reason
By Colin Tudge - 12 April 13:00

Is the war on terrorism working? A scientific analysis suggests that it is not and that it has succe

Mark Thomas starts his own think-tank
By Mark Thomas - 12 April 13:00

My new think-tank will cure voter apathy: we will offer prizes and air miles and allow you to swap y

Sexual chemistry
By Edwina Currie - 05 April 13:00

Pandora's Breeches: women, science and power in the Enlightenment

Patricia Fara <em>Pimlico, 212pp

How to take Islam back to reason
By Ziauddin Sardar - 05 April 13:00

Far from being anti-science, as George Carey suggests, the Koran demands scientific study. Now Musli

NS Essay - 'This is not the country it was when Labour returned to power in 1997'
By Jason Cowley - 29 March 13:00

What do we mean by multiculturalism? In Britain, it once meant embracing the diverse traditions of t

NS Essay - 'There will never be any other industry that can employ as many people as farming'
By Colin Tudge - 22 March 12:00

By 2050, six billion people will live in cities - as many as now live on the whole earth. At least a

Say it with semi-colons
By Ellie Levenson - 15 March 12:00

Observations on netiquette

NS Essay - 'The Tories will briefly return to power in 2010, but after that it will be Labour's century'
By Richard Reeves - 08 March 12:00

The Blair-Brown style, with its notorious control-freakery, is the result of too long in opposition.

A bus that comes when you want it
By Alexander Monro - 01 March 12:00

Observations on transport

NS Essay - The biomass of human bodies now exceeds by a hundred times that of any large animal species that ever existed on land
By Mark Lynas - 23 February 12:00

The century's big issue is not equality in the conventional sense. It is whether we can share with o

If it moves, test it and give it a grade
By Staff blogger - 23 February 12:00

The faults in the schooling of English teenagers have been clear for 30 years. Too many stop learning too early; in this respect, only Mexico, Turkey and Greece among OECD countries do worse.

Living doll
By Bryan Appleyard - 23 February 12:00

Growing Up With Lucy: how to build an android in twenty easy steps

Steve Grand <em>Weidenfeld & Ni

Everybody hurts
By Susie Orbach - 23 February 12:00

Exhibition - Susie Orbach wonders why we waste so much time trying to avoid pain

No dinner, but a nice box of chocs
By Brian Cathcart - 16 February 12:00

Observations on science and sexism

NS Essay - The best hope for animal liberation is that humans kill each other in wars
By John Gray - 09 February 12:00

The big threat to the welfare of other species is the unchecked expansion of "homo rapiens". Those w

Icons of evil
By John Gray - 02 February 12:00

We do not know why people commit terrible crimes. While contemporary artists have responded with a m

NS Essay - When it comes to family, sex, food and booze, people hate being told what to do
By Richard Reeves - 02 February 12:00

Ministers should ignore the "nanny state" taunts. They may face opposition at first but, as drink-dr

How the English became obsessed with property
By Tristram Hunt - 02 February 12:00

The sense of individualism and fear of revolution gave rise to the cult of the home. Only now do we