Terse passing handshake between Salmond and Darling over the weekend.
A close battle could mean a difficult aftermath for Scotland following the independence vote – but a Yes win might be easier for the country to deal with than a narrow No.
For more than a year it looked as if the UK would survive comfortably. But in the final straight it’s all to play for as polls show independence referendum is too close to call.
A poll of 300 students in early September showed 46% would vote against independence.
Writers and academics could learn a lot from the writing of Elmore Leonard.
The precision engineering of an inkjet printer lets chemists “print” millions of chemical reactions.
Big sporting events usually come with all sorts of promised benefits, but they all too often fail to materialise.
The battle against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria mirrors other proxy wars that have redrawn the political anatomy of the region.
The more services, websites and devices we use that store data in the cloud, the easier it is for government spooks to rifle through huge volumes of our personal data – and they are.
The demise of Phones 4U makes business sense, but is a big loss for the consumer.
Argentina has defaulted for the second time in 12 years, and is still mired in legal and economic chaos. Yet its president, Cristina de Kirchner has weathered the storm well.
Iraq’s new pan-sectarian government now has the muscle of an international coalition behind it. That won’t be enough.
If independent Scotland has lots of oil, it can afford to invest in wind power. If oil runs out soon, it’ll have to invest in wind power anyway.
The impact of Scottish independence on the university sector would be significant – and negative.
Research on evolution opens up new conservation possibilities. Certain species could even be ‘pre-adapted’ to climate change.
An elite group of intelligence officers has refused to serve in the occupied territories. That took a lot of courage.
Tracking the sanctions meted out to bankers makes it clear punishments are escalating. If only the banks were doing anything about it.
The club are keen to stress that their ban on tablets is a security issue, but it strongly smells of an attempt to curb copyright abuse.
Social justice may be little more than a buzzword for politicians – but for voters, it can mean everything.
Privacy may be as big an issue for those wearing recording devices as for those being recorded.
If Scotland votes for independence and wants the negotiations with the UK to proceed amicably, it will need to give ground on Trident.
We all love democracy, we just can’t quite agree on what it actually is.
Although the connection may seem far-fetched, network analysis of how terrorists operate can help us fight cancer.
There are highly credible reports that the US already has Special Forces operating. So, what will they aim to achieve?
Genes are the biggest factor that determine how we age, not what we eat.
Latin is no longer a dead language, learnt only by the elite.
If we’re serious about fighting climate change we have to stop shipping so much stuff around the world.
While politicians swap jibes over a post-yes vote currency, it will be debt management which drives the action.
Astonishing Stonehenge discoveries made not by hand-shovels but with old surveying techniques adapted with the latest tech.
Consciousness remains a mystery despite decades of research, but by taking a bottom-up approach, we are beginning to get the picture.
On the last weekend of campaigning ahead of the independence referendum, not all support for the No campaign is being enthusiastically welcomed.
Despite the obvious similarities, there are deep differences between the independence debates – starting with the approaches of Madrid and London.
Ian Paisley, the firebrand face of Unionism in Northern Ireland for decades, has died at the age of 88.
Whether Yes or No, the Scottish referendum could see British parties exploiting nationalist feelings in rest of UK.
The court heard repeatedly of the 27-year-old Paralympian’s chequered history with firearms.
The death of the Reverend Ian Paisley is occasion for reflecting that he had a divisive effect that stretched far beyond the troubles.
Violence, overcrowding and tuberculosis make South Africa’s prisons a dangerous place to be.
Alex Salmond paints Scotland as a progressive and multicultural haven. But in many ways, it has done a worse job than Britain of shedding its monocultural baggage.
The widely held assumption that young people don’t care about their privacy online is wrong.
London Zoo’s tiger-terrorising drunkards are an extreme example of how noisy visitors make zoo animals stressed and depressed.
We risk our corporations being run by a crew of cold technocrats. Inspiration for something new might well come from within.
We already know a lot about what works to improve adult literacy and numeracy. Let’s put it into practice.
After six months of courtroom drama, Oscar Pistorius’s trial has finally come to a conclusion.
RBS and Lloyds have made it clear that little will change if Scotland gains independence.
US president Barack Obama has outlined his strategy for responding to the challenge of Islamic State (IS). But don’t expect an easy win.
We’ve underestimated the prevalence of conditions like stroke and cancer in Africa.
Imaginative developments to foster growth in Scotland’s film industry seem possible under Holyrood, but are unlikely to happen if left to Westminster.
France in charge of the money and UK in charge of the banks? The new president knows exactly what he’s doing.
Radiohead can tell us a lot about the possible impact of U2’s recent free giveaway.
The countries which destabilised Iraq in the first place have taken minimal responsibility for the ensuing refugee crisis – dumping thousands of displaced people on a country with problems of its own.
Biometrics like fingerprints or iris scans have been suggested as a means to provide security, but none have proved foolproof yet.
Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, hopes to reinvigorate his company’s offering by buying one of Generation Z’s favourite games.
Leaving care to start life as an adult is a difficult transition. Even more so for Travellers.
As this example from the first days of the conflict shows, government attempts to control the press invariably cause trouble.
With the government unable to meet the demand for classroom spaces, Kenya needs private education to thrive.
The ozone layer is recovering, according to the UN. Such successful co-operation may provide a blueprint for international action on climate change.
A breakdown of opinion from owners of small and medium enterprises across the UK on risks and opportunities associated with an independent Scotland.
Russia and the West don’t have a workable way to resolve their differences – and they need to come up with one, fast.
Why we need to explore beyond the usual rice, corn and maize.
A commission is set to decide how religion fits in to modern life. But stacking it with religious thinkers condemns it to irrelevance.
US President Barack Obama has announced a more aggressive strategy against Islamic State, including air strikes against its fighters “wherever they are”, even inside Syria.