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Some of the materials needed for scientific research are becoming scarce.
PIs occupy a special place in the British psyche - but what are the gadgets and honeytraps used for today?
When did all shop assistants start asking, “Are you all right there?” And can I blame Simon Cowell for the indiscriminate use of "passionate"?
Scepticism will never be the most fashionable or glamorous cause. It has no party, it has no anthem, it has no flag. But it is the best response to a febrile and inconstant world.
What makes a piece of music a Christmas carol, anyway?
At a rally on board an aircraft carrier, Laurie Penny sees the true character of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign – fascism with a cartoon face.
Team In on the outs, Tory bullying allegations, and a shock in Oldham.
Sport, especially English sport, has a blind spot about intelligence.
The left suddenly has a mass audience again and it can succeed. But unless it learns from its setbacks and defeats, then it will fail.
The unfortunate truth is that charities have become a victim of the government’s continued mania for outsourcing.
The Nativity is the tale of a displaced family seeking shelter in their hour of need. As our parish discussed the refugee crisis, we visited the story anew.
“If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,” a diplomat told me in Kabul. “Isil are here.”
The lessons of Christmas, Michael Gove's quest for justice and how the French blocked Le Pen.
Approaching every conflict with fixed, preconceived notions doesn't just reduce the complexity of foreign policy to student slogans - it's dangerous, too.
Jeremy Corbyn and his MPs are locked in a cold war - and a permanent arms race.
Today, few teenagers learn Latin or Greek. But would we understand the world better if we read and studied classics?
In the overdeveloped West, technology is making us forget what it truly means to be human.
Six million people live in Lebanon. Today, one in every four of them is a Syrian refugee.
A dark look at reality TV from the award-winning Rebus author.
The Book of Magic: from Antiquity to the Enlightenment by Brian Copenhaver invites us to reflect on the long history of magic in culture.
The award-winning writer's winter reflection.
Judith Kerr’s dad, Alfred, was an outspoken German critic who railed against Hitler – but he had a soft spot for baby seals.
The X-Files was a tour of the American subconscious and the most idealistic show of its time. Mulder and Scully are now returning to our screens – but how will their stories work today?
New voices join old friends in our selection of the best poems published in the New Statesman over the past 12 months.
"The ancient law: / the mass cannot be sung / without the wax".
Realpolitik: a History by John Bew reviewed.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, the former Dr Feelgood member began a very public goodbye. Then an oncologist went to a farewell gig - and spotted a misdiagnosis.
The Danish Girl hasn't a clue about its own protagonist. Plus: Joy and Sisters reviewed.
The magical outreaches of Yuletide radio.
Those Tory vultures who deludedly believe that the public won’t mind if the BBC is dismantled would do well to scan the Christmas schedules.
Come with me to my magical memory island. On second thoughts . . . just leave me alone
Miraculously, three out of our four fab, toppermost, world-class, all-time, multitrillion-pound clubs have managed to crawl into the next round in Europe.
Every Christmas, homeless charity Crisis turns surprise ingredients, volunteer chefs and a lot of enthusiasm into dinner for over 4,000 people.
At one point someone put an arm around me and said, “This man is clearly an expat-in-waiting.” I take that as a compliment.
We would eat a Chocolate Orange on Christmas afternoon and Matchmakers in the evening, and never the other way around.
“What? No way! I’m not having dinner with a racist,” said one of my daughters. “But she’s lonely,” I said.
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