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‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …

Welcome to the Anthropocene: Anthropology and the Political Moment

We live in very troubled times -- welcome to the Anthropocene, a new epoch during which human activity (industrial production and consumption) has provided us unparalleled wealth but also an unmistakable path toward potential ecological devastation. As Naomi Klein powerfully demonstrates in her new …

Muddled souls – Britain is a non-religious, Christian-ish country

Listen<p>A new survey of British religious attitudes is out. It reveals a surprising degree of hostility to religion, and an unsurprising degree of muddle.<p>David Cameron’s claim that Britain is a Christian country looks refuted, for more than 60 per cent of respondents said they are ‘not religious at …

‘Kafkaesque’ would have a very different definition if Max Brod had consigned his friend’s unpublished manuscripts to the flames as requested<p>• Has ‘Kafkaesque’ metamorphosed beyond all meaning?<br>• Catch up on all posts from October’s Reading group<p>The Penguin edition of Metamorphosis and Other Stories …

Park smoking ban shows how tragically anti-smoking movement lost its way

The latest proposals for tackling smoking are out and, as always, they mimic the authoritarian response in the US.<p>The London Health Commission, set …

Brad Pitt on making Fury: 'It was miserable – and we loved it'

Brad Pitt and David Ayer, star and director of an explosive new war film, reveal how they fell in love with a Sherman tank named Fury<p>War is hell, and so, to a lesser degree, are war movies. On the set of <b>Fury</b>, which follows an American tank crew through the wreckage of northern Germany in the final …

Boris Johnson: The day Churchill saved Britain from the Nazis

Few people now remember how close we came to striking a deal with Hitler, argues Boris Johnson in an extract from his new book<p>If you are looking for one of the decisive moments in the last world war, and a turning-point in the history of the world, then come with me. Let us go to a dingy room in …

What sentence can Oscar Pistorius expect for killing Reeva Steenkamp?

As South African judge Thokozile Masipa prepares to sentence Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, legal expert Llewellyn Curlewis explains the range of punishments the athlete could receive<p>A court in Pretoria will <b>sentence</b> the world-famous athlete <b>Oscar Pistorius</b> this week, a …

Muhammad Ali 'doesn't want people to feel sorry for him,' say daughters

Muhammad Ali's daughters, Maryum and Hana, say their father is 'fine and healthy' and doesn't want people to pity him as he continues to fight Parkinson's Disease<p><b>Muhammad Ali</b> is "not in any pain" and leads a "full and beautiful life" despite living with advancing Parkinson's Disease, according to …

Journalism’s biggest competitors are things that don’t even look like journalism

Ever since the web was invented, newspapers and other media entities have had to continually expand their view of who their competition is: in the …

Sherlock Holmes: dispelling the myths

We think we know all about Conan Doyle's immortal detective, with his pipes, dressing-gown and cocaine – but do we really, asks Sam Leith<p>Sometime in 1885 or 1886, Arthur Conan Doyle was doodling on a sheet of paper. He had the idea – inspired by Auguste Dupin, the sleuth who had solved Edgar Allan …

Why Michael Keaton should watch Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies

Batman,Superhero movies,Michael Keaton,Christopher Nolan,Action and adventure,Batman Begins,Film,Tim Burton,Comics and graphic novels,Books,Jack Nicholson,Culture<p>Michael Keaton was a superb Batman, but in order to be the best, you have to be in the greatest Batman films – and he wasn’t

Boris Johnson: 'Churchill wrote to keep the black dog of depression at bay'

Winston Churchill produced more words than Shakespeare and Dickens combined – and became the highest paid journalist of his day. He was worth every penny, says Boris Johnson, in this exclusive extract from his new book<p>Aha, I am thinking, as I stand in Winston Churchill’s study. So this is how he …

The ten worst date movies ever

As the unflinching Gone Girl hits cinemas, Andrew Lowry rounds up ten other films that you really don't want to suggest for date night<p>David Fincher’s Gone Girl arrives in cinemas this week, and is as uncompromising as the rest of the Fight Club director’s work. Focusing on the troubles underlying …

Isil hostage Peter Kassig 'is now devout Muslim who prays five times a day', says ex-captive

Nicolas Henin, a former cellmate of Peter Kassig and John Cantlie, reveals intimate details of their lives as hostages of Islamic State<p>The Western hostage next in line to be murdered by Islamic State extremists is now a devout Muslim who prays five times a day and fasts twice a week, despite being …

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Incredibly Detailed Diorama Photos of Urban Decay and War-Torn City Streets

Tokyo-based artist Satoshi Araki is a man whose eye for the detail is immediately evident when you look at his dioramas… if you can even tell they’re …

A Cheaper Pair Of Glasses Brings Cheaper, Better Vision To The Developing World

As many as 700 million people around the world currently live their lives in a day-to-day blur.<p>Imagine what your life would be like if you needed glasses but couldn’t afford a pair. You would struggle to work, look after your family, and do all kinds of things glasses-wearers take for granted.<p>This …

Reading should be one of life’s joys, not a duty

'Difficult’ books can be rewarding – but there’s no shame in not getting to the end<p>Nick Hornby, who knows a thing or two about the subject, has been holding forth on books and how to make them a part of one’s life. “I’m passionate about reading and what reading can do for you,” he said, before …

Shia LaBeouf slashed face for second world war drama Fury

Shia LaBeouf cut his face with a knife to effect convincing war wounds for new movie Fury, according to a co-star. Logan Lerman reveals the concerning details of LaBeouf’s extreme “method” preparation in an interview with GQ, as reported by the Press Association.<p>“We were in make-up and they were …

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Is ultra-real 3D the future of cinema?

Stanley Kubrick’s former effects master has a plan to lure audiences back into cinemas – with images so real you can almost touch them. Robbie Collin reports<p>On a grey September morning in Amsterdam, around a thousand people are sitting in a darkened concert hall, staring at an enormous head. It’s a …

Scientists Calculate That High Risk Ebola Could Reach France And UK By Late October

Those numbers are based on air traffic remaining at full capacity. Assuming an 80 percent reduction in travel to reflect that many airlines are halting flights to affected regions, France's risk is still 25 percent, and Britain's is 15 percent.<p>"It's really a lottery," said Derek Gatherer of …

The greatest brain myth there ever was?

Luc Besson’s latest sci-fi romp, Lucy, is based on the premise that the average person only uses 10% of their brain. This brain-myth has been fodder for books and movies for decades and is a tantalizing plot-device. Alarmingly, however, it seems to be widely accepted as fact. Of those asked, 48% of …

Here's The Evidence That Google's Search Results Are Horribly Biased

It's a Chrome browser extension that Yelp says strips Google+ pages from Google's search results, forcing the search engine to display only the "organic" results Yelp says Google would serve if it wasn't biased in favor of Google's own sites and links.<p>The device lets you compare Google's results …

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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining - review: from the archive, 2 October 1980

The tale of a man so isolated within a void of his own making that even bloody madness seems an escape<p>After Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill comes Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (Warner West End, X). Both movies are moulded from deep within the horror genre, specifically to scare our pants off. But …

The Guardian Legend self-published book of the month: how to enter

All you need to know about how to take part in our self-publishing competition<p><b>Update: this competition has now ended. You can read the reviews for all the winners here</b><p>The Guardian Legend Times Self-Published Book of the Month prize has been established to celebrate and showcase the best …

A lighter-than-air turbine to harness high-altitude winds

Think of it as a Goodyear blimp for the era of alternative power. Well, sort of. What Erik Sofge describes in the October issue of Popular Science magazine is a kind of giant tubular helium balloon with a three-bladed turbine inside, floating as much as 2,000 feet in the air so it can capture …

Your nose knows death is imminent

Losing the sense of smell predicts death within five years, according to new research<p>Until as recently as 1987, British coal pits employed caged canaries as sentinels that alerted miners to the presence of poisonous gases. Being more sensitive to them than we are, the birds would get distressed …

Stop What You're Doing and Watch the New Interstellar Trailer

You might be tempted to blacklist any more footage from <i>Interstellar</i> until the movie actually comes out. That's fair. It's the kind of film where the …