This week’s cover: A 307-year-old union, which once ruled a third of humanity and still serves as a role-model to many, could be on the verge of dissolution. The people of Scotland will soon vote on independence. Our cover leader explains why we hope that the Scots will decide to stay in the United Kingdom.

This week’s cover: A 307-year-old union, which once ruled a third of humanity and still serves as a role-model to many, could be on the verge of dissolution. The people of Scotland will soon vote on independence. Our cover leader explains why we hope that the Scots will decide to stay in the United Kingdom.

Chart: Explore our interactive chart to find out how to keep you nerve and take the perfect penalty during a World Cup shoot-out

Chart: Explore our interactive chart to find out how to keep you nerve and take the perfect penalty during a World Cup shoot-out

Textbook cases, chapter 10: At a time when territorial disagreements are breaking out all round the South China Sea and East China Sea, the region is writing a new chapter in a long-running argument on how history is taught

Textbook cases, chapter 10: At a time when territorial disagreements are breaking out all round the South China Sea and East China Sea, the region is writing a new chapter in a long-running argument on how history is taught

In April 2012 we produced a cover on 3D printing entitled “The third industrial revolution” it inspired Kae Woei Lim, a designer at XYZ Workshop, to actually recreate it in three dimensions. The results are superb. 

Daily chart: Even Luddites know that the largest internet firms reside in America. The upcoming public offering of Alibaba, an e-commerce giant, will drive home the point that China is catching up fast. But what about the rest of the world? Our interactive chart plots the top three most valuable startup companies across the world. 

Daily chart: Even Luddites know that the largest internet firms reside in America. The upcoming public offering of Alibaba, an e-commerce giant, will drive home the point that China is catching up fast. But what about the rest of the world? Our interactive chart plots the top three most valuable startup companies across the world. 

To say he lived high on the hog would be an understatement. By his own estimate he spent $100m on drugs, drink, women and high living in just one decade. He had 14 mistresses on his personal payroll (“If it floats, flies or fucks,” he once said, it was better to rent than to buy.)
Felix Dennis, a hedonist and media magnate, died on June 22nd aged 67
Map: The failures of the Arab spring were a long time in the making

Map: The failures of the Arab spring were a long time in the making

Revenge porn: “He said he would destroy me,” says Annmarie Chiarini, a lecturer from Maryland. In 2011, after a bitter break-up, her ex-boyfriend uploaded dozens of photos of her naked to a porn website, along with her contact details and the name of the school where she works. But how should the online publication of explicit images without their subjects’ consent be punished?

Revenge porn: “He said he would destroy me,” says Annmarie Chiarini, a lecturer from Maryland. In 2011, after a bitter break-up, her ex-boyfriend uploaded dozens of photos of her naked to a porn website, along with her contact details and the name of the school where she works. But how should the online publication of explicit images without their subjects’ consent be punished?

Daily chart: Red tape tangle
Our interactive chart tells you which US states are best and worst for small businesses

Daily chart: Red tape tangle

Our interactive chart tells you which US states are best and worst for small businesses

Call him Queen Bee: Our Lexington columnist on why the myth of an omnipotent presidency makes it harder to get a competent one

Call him Queen Bee: Our Lexington columnist on why the myth of an omnipotent presidency makes it harder to get a competent one

The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
Edmund Burke, who died in 1797, is best known for his late writings on the French revolution. The 18th-century member of Parliament, who was a Whig, was one of the first to decry the revolt as the dangerous work of a swinish multitude.

The Economist explains: How could marinating your meat in beer before grilling possibly be better for your health?  A new study explains the benefits of brew

Not all golf clubs have strict dress codes
Americans are, on the whole, much more squeamish about public nudity that Europeans. Even a toddler frolicking around on a sunny beach attracts disapproving frowns. Nevertheless, National Nude Recreation Week begins on July 7th. But there are just a few public beaches in which the right to bare all still exists. 

Not all golf clubs have strict dress codes

Americans are, on the whole, much more squeamish about public nudity that Europeans. Even a toddler frolicking around on a sunny beach attracts disapproving frowns. Nevertheless, National Nude Recreation Week begins on July 7th. But there are just a few public beaches in which the right to bare all still exists

Kal’s cartoon: this week, the politics in Iraq

Kal’s cartoon: this week, the politics in Iraq

Tomorrow’s cover today: This week our cover looks at the tragedy of the Arabs. A thousand years ago, the great cities of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo took turns to race ahead of the Western world. Back then, Islam and innovation were twins. Now the Arabs are in a wretched state, a civilisation in ruins—and the only people who can rebuild it are the Arabs themselves.

Tomorrow’s cover today: This week our cover looks at the tragedy of the Arabs. A thousand years ago, the great cities of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo took turns to race ahead of the Western world. Back then, Islam and innovation were twins. Now the Arabs are in a wretched state, a civilisation in ruins—and the only people who can rebuild it are the Arabs themselves.