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Surgical stitch-up: meet the placebo surgeon

Could the placebo effect work in surgery? When a doctor wanted to investigate – by opening patients up but not operating – some said it was criminal. But the resulting study has shaken the medical world

Life after Parkland

Athletic director Chris Hixon died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. As a nation watched, his wife Debbi had to find a way to grieve.

Magazine

New Statesman magazine

The last days of Islamic State

Inside the crumbling caliphate its territory is lost: its power is shattered – but its ideology lives on. By Quentin Sommerville and Shiraz Maher. Plus Stephen Bush looks at the future of the Independent Group and Pauline Bock meets Édouard Louis.

When the human tide ebbs

Global population boom may now be turning to population bust. The consequences, for better or worse, will shape our future.

Politics

Culture

Life after Parkland

Athletic director Chris Hixon died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. As a nation watched, his wife Debbi had to find a way to grieve.

Media, Tech and Digital Culture

World