Lotteries: could be used to keep ‘bad reasons’ out of decision-making

Making decisions by lottery is often seen as an affront to justice. Witness, for example, the furore over the Camogie Association’s plan to settle (...)

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) may face legal challenge over Bills. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

The dust is settling from a marathon and sometimes chaotic parliamentary battle over security Bills allowing Japanese troops to fight abroad for th(...)

Nicholas Culpeper

What do cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, pine nuts, almonds and cloves have in common? You are probably thinking they all belong in cookies. According t(...)

The  European Central Bank HQ in Frankfurt: Kenneth Rogoff believes  Northern Europeans are being “penny wise and pound foolish” not to agree to broad writedowns for vulnerable economies in Europe. Photograph: Daniel RolandAFP/Getty Images

Ireland should go back to the negotiating table for a “significant” debt writedown after the crisis in Greece is resolved, a former International Mone(...)

The data showed the total number of calls made by individuals who had recently lost their jobs dropped by 51 per cent following their layoffs

US data researchers have shown how mobile-phone data can be used to “quickly and accurately detect, track and predict changes in the economy at mul(...)

World leaders at the G7 summit in Germany: we should be sceptical of their commitments to climate action as we have heard them for nearly a quarter ofa century. Photograph: Markus Schreibe/AP

Is there any significant likelihood that policy action will eliminate the risk of climate disaster? At present, the answer is no. This is so, even tho(...)

Malcolm Gladwell: vented his fury. Photograph: KPA/Zuma/Rex Features

It’s not often that renowned journalist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell tweets, but when he does people take note, especially when he’s takin(...)

Hedge fund manager John Paulson: joins a parade of the financial industry’s richest figures making donations to their alma maters, but he rejected criticism his gift perpetuates inequality by endowing money on an elite university. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

John Paulson, the hedge fund manager famed for betting against US housing in 2007, has made the largest ever donation to Harvard University, giving $4(...)

Parliamentarians in Norway have called on the country’s $900 billion sovereign wealth fund to dump its holdings in companies with close commercial ties to the coal industry. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

After a six-year rally, there are no bargains in the world’s biggest stock market. The median company in the cheapest S&P 500 sector – financials (...)

Professor Louise Richardson has been nominated  as Oxford University’s next Vice-Chancellor - a post equivalent to chief executive. Photograph: University of St Andrews

Waterford-born academic Prof Louise Richardson is set to become the first woman to lead the University of Oxford. The university, the oldest in the En(...)