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Children who say homosexuality is ‘wrong’ could be viewed as extremist threat – Education Secretary

Anti-gay comments could ‘trigger a thought’ in teachers’ minds about possible radicalisation says Nicky Morgan as she outlines anti-terror plans<p>Children who speak out in class against homosexuality could be viewed as potential extremists under Government guidelines intended to prevent Islamist …

We must not allow a few fanatics ruin this fledgling democracy

US and Europe must without delay help Tunisia make a successful transition and stay the course of moderation, says Diana Darke<p>As Tunisia agonises over whether Friday’s horrific attack on western sunbathers at the Port El-Kantoui resort could have been avoided and as ISIS claims responsibility for …

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

When the profits of multinational corporations depend on an aura of Corinthian virtue, expect moral contortions<p>Wimbledon next week. Like the tournament dress code, all sports want their heroes white. In terms of virtue rather than skin colour. Sport demands the appearance of righteousness. Its …

The moral case for gentrification

Gentrification is not a recipe for twee middle-class accessorising; it’s about bringing dead cities - like Detroit and Stoke - back to life<p>In its pomp, they used to say that what was good for General Motors, Detroit’s Medici, was good for America. Detroit was imperial. Like Rome, it stood for the …

Urbanism

The Spectator at war: Cold-blooded goodness

From ‘Cold-blooded Goodness‘, <i>The Spectator</i>, 26 June 1915:<p>A young person of either sex who is wholly without sentimentality has not as a rule much heart. On the other hand, where practicality so overruns the character as to destroy all the finest feelings, it may still leave the capacity for …

Physiology

Feast Your Eyes on This Beautiful Linguistic Family Tree

When linguists talk about the historical relationship between languages, they use a tree metaphor. An ancient source (say, Indo-European) has various …

Linguistics

Which comes first — the chicken or the pig?

Two new books claim equal significance for their chosen subject as the driving force of civilisation<p>Here are two parallel books, both by Americans, both 260 pages (excluding indexes) long, both using ‘likely’ as an adverb. One looks at the history of the world through the story of the chicken; the …

Natural History Museums

How to Make Small Talk with Strangers: My 21-Day Experiment | The Art of Manliness

One of the more unexpected changes I discovered upon becoming a parent is how much more you end up talking with strangers. This is in part because …

Mapping the Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Every U.S. State

The figures highlight the mismatch between dipping job earnings and soaring housing costs.<p>Yes, the American economy is improving, and yes, we’re creating more jobs. But the hourly wages for a lot of these jobs are stagnant at best. According to the Pew Research Center, 30 percent of America’s …

Why the U.K.'s Tower Blocks Deserve a Vast, Visual Archive

There’s long been a polarized debate surrounding this type of housing, but that’s finally starting to change.<p>Is the Anglo-American backlash against the modernist tower block finally coming to an end? Scottish architectural historian Miles Glendinning believes it’s only a matter of time until the …

Pressed for Space, Singapore Looks Underground for Room to Grow

A wave of construction below the earth’s surface aims to make room for the city above.<p>SINGAPORE—Pipes and storage tanks cover most of heavily guarded Jurong Island, the heart of Singapore’s petrochemical industry. Singapore does not produce a single drop of oil, but the refineries owned by Shell, …

Where Should Poor People Live?

Studies say that lower-income people do better when they live in affluent neighborhoods, but rich people don’t want them there. A few states are seeking ways around that resistance.<p>AMHERST, Mass. — When Peter Gagliardi first heard about an owner looking to sell an old farmhouse in this college …

These Google products would fit right into Google's plan to build the city of the future

"We want to supercharge existing efforts in areas such as housing, energy, transportation and government to solve real problems that city-dwellers face every day," Google CEO Larry Page declared in the press release announcing Sidewalk Labs, which will operate as a separate company and be led by …

New York City

We should celebrate Magna Carta by abolishing the European Arrest Warrant

The European Arrest Warrant is incompatible with our traditions. If the only way to abolish it is to leave the EU, let’s leave<p>On the 12th of January, 500 of the great and good, or at any rate the well-heeled, sat down to a sumptuous dinner at the Guildhall at a cost of £500 a head. This was to …

Europe

2067: the end of British Christianity

Projections aren't predictions. But there's no denying that churches are in deep trouble<p>It’s often said that Britain’s church congregations are shrinking, but that doesn’t come close to expressing the scale of the disaster now facing Christianity in this country. Every ten years the census spells …