electricity

It’s electrifying: Nikola Tesla in his lab, 1901

Poetry, animals, perms and Bovril are all part of the sparky history of electricity

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Poetry, animals, perms and Bovril are all part of the sparky history of electricity, writes Richard Holmes

Spectator letters: Charles will be an excellent king

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In defence of Charles Sir: As a former full-time member of the Prince of Wales’s office, and a part-time equerry…

Mind your language: From body fluids to ‘gender fluid’

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Benjamin Franklin thought that an excess of electric fluid gave rise to positive electricity, and a deficiency of the fluid…

American nuclear weapons test at Bikini Atoll, July 1946

The frightening, fascinating, inspiring story of radiation

5 March 2016 9:00 am

About a century ago, scientists started meddling with an unfamiliar force of nature and the rest of us were terrified.…

Benjamin Franklin in London, with the bust of Isaac Newton on his desk

Benjamin Franklin: from man about town to man on the run

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Just who was Benjamin Franklin? Apart, that is, from journalist, statesman, diplomat, founding father of the United States, inventor of…

An age of climate realism is upon us

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The age of climate realism is upon us

“Smart grids provide the foundation for managing energy use and reducing demand” - Lord (Gus) O’Donnell

Smart technology for a cleaner, greener future

16 November 2015 7:05 pm

Ahead of the Paris climate conference, there is intense focus on the carbon policies of governments around the world. To…

Britain needs to get fracking

4 July 2015 9:00 am

That democracy is a superior form of government to any other goes without saying. But in order to function, it…

Perhaps the most formative years in our history were when ‘every second person suddenly died in agony — and no one knew why.’ Above, plague victims are blessed by a priest in the 14th-century ‘Omne Bonum’ by James le Palmer

Why the most important years in history were from 1347 to 1352

1 November 2014 9:00 am

A group of retired Somerset farmers were sitting about in the early 1960s, so Ian Mortimer’s story goes, debating which…

How green policies hurt the poor

5 April 2014 9:00 am

How green policies hit the poorest hardest

Why has Britain signed up for the world’s most expensive power station?

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Britain is about to buy the world’s most expensive power station

Blackout Britain — why our energy crisis is only just beginning

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Politicians, not the Big Six, have jacked up the price of power. And they’re only just getting started