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Response teams are desperately searching the rubble of an Oklahoma suburb devastated by a tornado of awesome power. But is our fascination with these terrifying storms ghoulish?
With his action-packed stories and intricate plotting, Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is more widely read than almost any writer alive. So why do critics greet his books with such contempt?
A big budget 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby is poised to take cinemas by storm. But does the extravagance obscure the true message of the ‘great American novel’?
Ten years ago, British newspapers caused a panic over the safety of the MMR vaccine. Now, thousands of teenagers – who went unvaccinated – could pay a terrible price.
Police have decided to drop the case against the 17-year-old whose offensive tweets forced her to resign as the UK’s first youth police commissioner. Does Paris Brown deserve to be vilified?
A new book about happiness and the art of thinking is causing a stir. Our addiction to the ceaseless flood of 24 hour news is as bad for us as sugar. We should give it up.
Helen Oyeyemi, Ross Raisin, Nadifa Mohamed: all names to watch out for, after featuring among Granta’s famous Best of Young British Novelists. But are these lists really worth the hype?
The Boston Marathon’s jubilant atmosphere turned to tragedy this week after blasts left at least three dead. Meanwhile in Iraq, over 30 people were killed. Which deserved more attention?
When reporter John Sweeney used a group of students as cover for his film on North Korea, he put their lives in danger. Last night, the programme was screened – was it worth the risk?
In Chinua Achebe’s groundbreaking novels, the long-suppressed culture of his native Nigeria found a powerful voice. Today, the world remembers a remarkable writer from a remarkable time.
Saturday was World Weather Day, and the bitter cold was on everyone’s lips. But do seasons still matter in a society where few rely on weather conditions for their livelihoods?
According to a new study, Facebook users who ‘like’ curly fries and thunderstorms are far more intelligent than average. Is your internet persona giving away more than you think?
After months of drama and debate, politicians have reached a last-minute deal on new rules to control intrusion and inaccuracy by newspapers. What does this mean for British democracy?
The road signs of a rural county in England will no longer use apostrophes: too difficult to employ correctly, says the council, and too many complaints about mistakes. Should we care?
Romeo and Juliet has been updated for every generation: a new movie translates the ‘star-crossed lovers’ to the world of zombie horror. Is this a good metaphor for modern love?
The surprise success of Beppe Grillo, a ranting comedian and blogger, has left Italy with no party able to form a government. Is this protest vote the shock therapy that democracy needs?
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says he might agree that pictures of topless models in one of his newspapers are ‘so last century!’ Should The Sun bow to anti-sexism campaigners?
When Daniel Day-Lewis won his record-breaking third Oscar for Best Actor, a Hollywood legend was born. Is his famously eccentric devotion to ‘method acting’ the secret to his success?
Today, 2.4 billion people are connected to the internet: a vast ‘global mind’ of information and ideas. This shared consciousness comes with big opportunities – and profound risks.
Two years ago, Gary Walker was sacked from the board of an NHS hospital. Now he claims that his employers pressured him into hiding the true reasons for his departure.