The Clothier Electrical Testing Laboratory has been cabandoned since 2011.
Urban explorers highlight the decay of the highest voltage lab in the world
By Marie Le Conte - 05 February 17:50

A group of urban explorers broke into the disused National Renewable Energy Centre, near Newcastle.

New Statesman
Whose library is it anyway?
By James Dawson - 05 February 15:41

After being closed by the Conservative council and then run by Occupy London, Friern Barnet Library is now in the hands of residents. But does this development represent a Pyrrhic victory over the cuts?

The site of the helicopter crash in south London.
Why aren’t we more scared of the things most likely to kill us?
By Will Self - 31 January 11:05

Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.

The agony and the ecstasy
By Julia Copus - 31 January 8:00

The creative power of illness.

Teahouse Tetsu (detail), designed by Terunobu Fujimori
Why we live in trees
By Charlotte Simmonds - 28 January 11:38

The allure of the treehouse, and the stories behind its rising popularity.

Paper remains the ghost in our machines
Bury me in paper
By Ian Sansom - 17 January 8:30

How will the “Zelig of all materials” fare in the digital age?

If scientists wrote horoscopes, this is what yours would say
By Martha Gill - 17 January 8:00

Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.

Dys4ia, the game.
Game Theory: talking videogames at the New York Times
By Helen Lewis - 31 December 12:44

Games as ballet, a playwright on the medium, and (sorry) me talking about ladies, again.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: A thinker with an antifragile ego
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 20 December 8:40

"He talks in a machine-gun patter that combines Tony Soprano-style profanity with some stratospherically esoteric jargon."

Illustration by Melinda Gebbie.
The Goebbels of the English language
By Alan Moore - 19 December 7:10

We cannot state conclusively that anything is true.

B is for bad grammar.
Grammar and spelling pedants: this is why you're wrong
By Martha Gill - 18 December 13:39

Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

Sir Geoffrey Hill is our greatest living poet
By Peter Popham - 06 December 7:51

Yet it's strange how few people seem to know his work, writes Peter Popham.

Illustration by Alexander Roulette
The Coup
By Tom Rachman - 06 December 6:46

A new short story.

Hitman: Absolution shows you can't just be a good new game with a revered old name
By Phil Hartup - 29 November 16:00

The fans of these old games are older now too, and they expect to find something of what they liked about the franchise in the first place.

A shop in Tahrir Square is spray painted with the word Twitter
Do my tweets really matter?
By Talitha Stevenson - 29 November 8:10

The pathologies of modern life.

New Statesman
Wall Street Titan lets you be a giant deathbot fighting bankers
By Alex Hern - 22 November 13:38

The 99% has 100% of the massive robots.

Illustration by Maggie Li.
The age of innocence
By Fran Abrams - 22 November 7:22

Who is ultimately responsible for keeping children safe – their parents, or the state?

Laurie Penny meets Terry Pratchett to talk about sex, death and nature
By Laurie Penny - 21 November 15:09

For more than 40 years, Terry Pratchett has used science fiction and fantasy to craft subtle satires. But the onset of Alzheimer’s has forced him to confront a stark question – what will happen when he is no longer able to write?

A still from Dishonored.
Why are we still so bad at talking about video games?
By Helen Lewis - 20 November 11:58

In the past 30 years, video games have become more beautiful, more intricate and more intense - but we still lack a critical language to evaluate them. Will we ever move beyond previews and reviews?

Death, as portrayed in the 2006 TV adaptation on Sky.
Leader: Facing Death (and Binky)
By New Statesman - 15 November 5:43

There are some who dismiss the work of Terry Pratchett as silly fantasy – and, in a sense, it is. His gift has always been in treating the big subjects with the lightest touch and in smuggling huge banks of wisdom past unsuspecting, giggling readers.

New Statesman
Toronto’s ‘Graffiti Management Plan’ adds fuel to the street art debate
By Kamila Kocialkowska - 08 November 17:08

The escalating cultural merit of street art is causing legal wrangles in cities campaigning for its removal

Bedding In
Bedding In: An interview with Liz Crow
By Jonathan Socrates - 02 November 16:13

In response to the coalition's benefits overhaul, Liz Crow is Bedding In.

Popular history has been conquered by a complacent liberalism
By David Priestland - 01 November 6:23

Television history, in particular, has changed - and not always for the better.

Michel de Montaigne
In these shouty times, the art of the essay matters more than ever
By Ed Smith - 01 November 6:08

Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.

Penguins have been a staple of British bookshelves since the 1930s.
Who’s picked up a Penguin?
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 01 November 5:27

The merger of Penguin and Random House shows that our publishing industry is following the music industry into consolidation and quasi-monopoly.

The Beatles at the BBC in 1966
Why I didn't tell the whole truth about the Beatles
By Hunter Davies - 25 October 13:39

Hunter Davies admits he played his part in continuing the band's carefully cultivated image.

In pictures: Ai Weiwei launch party
By New Statesman - 19 October 14:52

Photos from the launch of Ai Weiwei's guest-edit of the New Statesman at The Lisson Gallery in London.

Computer-generated nonsense accepted for publication by a mathematics journal
By Alex Hern - 18 October 16:55

The strike back against Alan Sokal has been 15 years coming.