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Don’t Miss: Taxidermied rabbits, mucky biology and the digital future

Saturday August 11th, 2018 02:00:00 PM
See a taxidermied rabbit in a silver goblet at show about human-animal hybrids, read about biology's muckier side, and listen to tough talk about our digital future

Gluten-free dogs? Pets deserve better than this evidence-free fad

Friday August 10th, 2018 04:35:00 PM
Animal owners are increasingly falling for potentially risky fad pet diets or homeopathic alternatives to vaccines, warn vets Danny Chambers and Zoe Belshaw

Fortnite is coming to Android, but players risk downloading malware

Friday August 10th, 2018 03:14:00 PM
When blockbuster game Fortnite hits Android phones, gamers will be able to get it outside Google Play, which could leave them vulnerable to scams

Preserved ocean creatures make landfall in London

Friday August 10th, 2018 03:00:00 PM
Dissected and preserved sea life specimens give visitors a thrilling, slightly shallow glimpse of a hidden world

Bots on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk are ruining psychology studies

Friday August 10th, 2018 12:26:00 PM
Psychologists use Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform to study our behaviour, but now bots are spoiling things by pretending to be human

This man spent months alone underground – and it warped his mind

Friday August 10th, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Michel Siffre’s extraordinary self-experiments in a cave with no light would never be allowed now – but revealed strange truths about how we perceive time

The Meg: Real Megalodon shark would eat Jason Statham for breakfast

Friday August 10th, 2018 11:37:00 AM
Jason Statham’s new film The Meg looks gloriously silly and good luck to it, but it got us thinking about what its giant prehistoric shark was really like and why it died out

New Scientist Live: sneak preview of this year’s mission to Mercury

Friday August 10th, 2018 11:31:00 AM
It’s time to return to the planet Mercury. At New Scientist Live, Emma Bunce will be revealing all about the BepiColombo mission set to launch in October

New Zealand becomes the latest country to ban plastic bags

Friday August 10th, 2018 11:05:00 AM
People in New Zealand currently use about 150 plastic bags each a year, but the country now plans to phase them out within the next six months

Feedback: What would happen if Earth was made of blueberries?

Friday August 10th, 2018 10:00:00 AM
Thanks to science, we now have an answer. Plus: a stolen shark, mapping the Kessel Run, TripAdvisor reviews of migrating animals, and more

Allergy explosion: What causes allergies and how to avoid them

Friday August 10th, 2018 09:00:00 AM
We've all heard that being too clean can cause allergies, or exposure can help you beat them. Most advice doesn't stand up, but there are things that do seem to work

We have measured the speed of death and it’s 2 millimetres an hour

Thursday August 9th, 2018 07:00:00 PM
Biologists have watched death spread across a living cell for the first time, and discovered that it travels in a steady wave in the same way that wildfires do

High-speed electrons prove Einstein was right about the speed of light

Thursday August 9th, 2018 03:43:00 PM
Albert Einstein predicted that the speed of light does not change just because you are moving – and now two experiments have shown just how right he was

Allergy explosion: The truth behind the most common myths

Thursday August 9th, 2018 03:00:00 PM
You can grow into and out of allergies your whole life; they come in groups; women are more allergy prone... Wild ideas about allergies abound, but which should you believe?

Alien grass is making California wildfires three times as frequent

Thursday August 9th, 2018 03:00:00 PM
Non-native grasses such as cheatgrass are easier to ignite and can spread fires far more quickly than the native ones

Uncrackable computer chips stop malicious bugs attacking your computer

Thursday August 9th, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Cyberattacks target not just our phones and laptops, but hospitals, schools and power stations. A new security solution redesigns chips from the inside out

Another supervolcano in California is not as dormant as we thought

Thursday August 9th, 2018 11:09:00 AM
The Long Valley Caldera in east California unleashed a supervolcano eruption 760,000 years ago. Today it is quiet but it may have a few smaller eruptions left in it

Tight underwear really is linked to lower sperm counts in men

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Men who wear boxer shorts have higher sperm levels than men who wear tight underwear, although the difference shouldn't usually be enough to affect fertility

Inducing labour at 39 weeks leads to fewer emergency Caesareans

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 10:00:00 PM
It has been thought that inducing labour leads to more C-sections, but a study of over 6,100 women suggests this isn’t the case when induced at 39 weeks

‘Hey’: short messages are the best dating site strategy, study says

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 07:00:00 PM
 An analysis of online dating has found most users hit on people who are 25 per cent more attractive than them, and that shorter messages have better reply rates

Police can now track killers using relatives’ DNA – but should they?

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 06:00:00 PM
Genetic genealogy services are rapidly becoming a key source of forensic evidence, but do we really want the police to have access to everyone's DNA?

Ecstasy-like drugs might relieve social difficulties in autism

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 06:00:00 PM
Mouse studies hint that social difficulties in autism might be caused by faulty serotonin signalling in the brain and can be helped with serotonin-boosting drugs

Don’t give up, we can survive even a Hothouse Earth

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 05:22:00 PM
Bad news on the climate should lead neither to despair nor unfounded optimism. Instead, we need to roll up our sleeves and prepare for life on a drastically changing planet

The underwater drones that hunt for oil spills beneath the waves

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 04:30:00 PM
Oil behaves strangely in water – now a combination of AI and super-expensive underwater vehicles are being used to track it. Joshua Howgego went along for the ride

US Navy wants to fire a slime cannon at boats to stop them escaping

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 03:42:00 PM
The US Navy wants to make super-expanding weaponised slime, inspired by the hagfish,  that can trap boats in the water

Allergy explosion: They are on the rise, and here’s why

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Banning nuts on planes and in schools may seem like hysteria, but there's good reason: allergies are becoming more common. And you may not realise how you're affected

California’s worst wildfire in history is now the size of Los Angeles

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 11:57:00 AM
Firefighters are battling high winds and extreme heat as they try to slow the spread of the biggest wildfire ever recorded in California

Neutron stars bend light so much we see their front and back at once

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 11:36:00 AM
Ultra-compact neutron stars are so dense that the light bends around from the far side, making it possible to see all sides of them simultaneously

Sound waves are a form of antigravity because they have negative mass

Tuesday August 7th, 2018 03:11:00 PM
As sound waves travel, they float upwards away from the pull of gravity. That’s because they have negative mass, so they’re repelled by massive objects

Future heatwaves will knock nuclear, gas and coal power plants offline

Tuesday August 7th, 2018 02:54:00 PM
Power plants are shutting down in the northern hemisphere due to a lack of cool water, and the problem will only get worst in a warming and drier world

New Scientist Live: dogs and people, a 40,000-year love story

Tuesday August 7th, 2018 12:55:00 PM
In London this September, Juliane Kaminski will be arguing that dogs have spent so long living alongside humans that they have evolved to think just like us

Exploring the Future webinar

Tuesday August 7th, 2018 09:24:00 AM
Join our panel of experts discussing the emerging technologies that are set to change our lives by 2030

Extreme weather finally brings home the reality of climate change

Tuesday August 7th, 2018 09:00:00 AM
Climate scientists have shied away from attributing heatwaves and floods to global warming – but now there can be no more denying the facts

Meet Bob the tame flamingo who has become a local superstar

Tuesday August 7th, 2018 07:00:00 AM
Bob became a celebrity on the Caribbean island of Curaçao after injuring himself by flying into a window of the island's Hilton Hotel

Global warming may become unstoppable even if we stick to Paris target

Monday August 6th, 2018 08:00:00 PM
There could be a planetary threshold beyond which the earth will keep warming even if we stop pumping out more fossil fuels - the so-called 'Hothouse Earth' scenario

Women more likely to survive heart attacks if treated by female doctor

Monday August 6th, 2018 08:00:00 PM
An analysis of more than 580,000 heart attacks found that women are slightly less likely to die from a heart attack if they are seen by a female doctor

More than 90 people killed in massive earthquake on island of Lombok

Monday August 6th, 2018 05:38:00 PM
Rescuers still have not reached some devastated parts of the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok after a powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges

Radio jammers saved Venezuela’s president from deadly drone attack

Monday August 6th, 2018 04:41:00 PM
Radio jamming systems apparently thwarted an attempted presidential assassination with improvised drone bombs in Venezuela

The truth about the suspected link between social media and self-harm

Monday August 6th, 2018 04:11:00 PM
Is social media really to blame for rises in self-harming? The evidence isn’t clear, but some social media use may even be good for teenagers, says Tom Chivers

Explosive facelift left star looking much younger than its true age

Monday August 6th, 2018 04:00:00 PM
A faraway star surrounded by a strange cloud of dust and gas had an explosive rebirth, spitting out debris and dimming by a factor of 10,000 in less than 50 years

A weird Pacific cycle could make the Arctic warm up even faster

Monday August 6th, 2018 04:00:00 PM
The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is cyclical, switching from warm to cold phases every 20 years or so. When it switches again it could speed up Arctic warming

Did we really evolve domestic violence? We don’t know yet

Monday August 6th, 2018 04:00:00 PM
A study suggests men in some societies who are violent to their partners may have more children – but that doesn’t mean that evolution favours domestic violence

Deaths caused by the opioid fentanyl are rising in the UK

Monday August 6th, 2018 12:30:00 PM
Drug data reveals that deaths from fentanyl, carfentanyl and cocaine are on the rise in England and Wales, but heroin and morphine deaths have declined slightly

It took one brave doctor to expose the Flint water crisis. Here’s how

Monday August 6th, 2018 12:00:00 PM
The people of Flint, Michigan, were drinking poisoned water, and the authorities were doing nothing. That’s when Mona Hanna-Attisha decided to take action

It may be impossible to evolve a large brain if you hibernate

Monday August 6th, 2018 10:06:00 AM
Mammals that hibernate have smaller brains than those that don’t, suggesting that hibernation limits brain size by reducing annual food intake

The medical cannabis debate is a chance to put science before dogma

Monday August 6th, 2018 10:00:00 AM
Neither extreme prohibition nor extreme liberalism is a sensible drugs policy – on medical cannabis and elsewhere, let’s see what the facts say

Two huge Antarctic glaciers are losing much more ice than we thought

Monday August 6th, 2018 07:45:00 AM
The Totten and Moscow University glaciers in east Antarctica have lost billions of tonnes of ice since 2002. Between them they could raise sea levels by 5 metres

Spying on whales: The shocking truth about humans and whales

Sunday August 5th, 2018 10:00:00 AM
Despite centuries of commercial whaling, we know astonishingly little about the largest creature that ever lived, argues a new book by a leading cetologist

Time travel to Augusts past: cold cod, thawing mammoths, frozen nerves

Sunday August 5th, 2018 07:00:00 AM
Old Scientist returns to topics we covered in 1961, 1981 and 1994 and finds that heatwaves were definitely not on the agenda

Don’t miss: Teen superheroes, upgraded dungeons and Naked Scientists

Saturday August 4th, 2018 02:00:00 PM
Listen to mind-expanding podcasts, discover the problem with disappearing sand – and watch a new film from the creators of Stranger Things

There’s no escaping the internet, says artist James Bridle

Saturday August 4th, 2018 10:00:00 AM
In New Dark Age, James Bridle expends no little shoe leather mapping the current walls of our eerie futuristic home, in the real and the virtual realm

New Scientist Live: how can we fix a problem like plastics?

Friday August 3rd, 2018 04:59:00 PM
Plastic is the material we love to hate, but can we do anything about it? That’s the subject of a major panel debate at this year’s New Scientist Live

Marvel Powers United VR: I saw Captain America’s huge thighs under me

Friday August 3rd, 2018 03:00:00 PM
Want to be Black Panther from Wakanda? Or Captain America, Black Widow or Spider-Man? Now virtual reality is finally coming to domestic gaming PCs, you have the chance

Football teams secretly using AI to predict injuries before they occur

Friday August 3rd, 2018 12:18:00 PM
A machine learning algorithm that predicts 60 per cent of football injuries is secretly being used by three top European teams to work out when to rest their players

Small dogs urinate higher up lamp posts to make themselves seem bigger

Friday August 3rd, 2018 11:49:00 AM
It seems when smaller dogs urinate on objects they might be using this opportunity to deceive, by making it look like their mark was left by a bigger dog

Modified mosquitoes wipe out whole city’s dengue for the first time

Friday August 3rd, 2018 10:39:00 AM
Anti-dengue mosquitoes have eliminated the virus from Townsville, Australia - the first successful large-scale use of modified mosquitoes to wipe out disease

Feedback: Firefighters called in to deal with hot chips in Texas

Friday August 3rd, 2018 10:00:00 AM
Does anyone have some cool ranch dip? Plus: boxes that make the contents lighter, midnight sun in the UK, the original motion picture, and more

Did ancient Mayan civilisation collapse because of a sudden drought?

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 07:00:00 PM
We have the best evidence yet that there was a prolonged drought at the time of the demise of the classic Mayan civilisation - and could explain why it collapsed

Robot laws: 5 new rules that could save human lives (at least on TV)

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 04:00:00 PM
From Battlestar Galactica to The Terminator, on-screen robots have never been above a little rule-breaking. Could our new laws of robotics keep them in line?

How many people did Hurricane Maria really kill in Puerto Rico?

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 04:00:00 PM
The official death toll for Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico, is 64 people. A new analysis of death records finds that 1139 excess deaths occurred in the months after the storm

Mystery of Welsh bodies buried at Stonehenge as first stones arrived

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 03:00:00 PM
A new analysis of the cremated remains at Stonehenge suggest that some of the bodies buried there came from hundreds of kilometres away in Wales

Dark matter might be harder to detect because it’s not from our galaxy

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 12:43:00 PM
Two thirds of the dark matter in the area near the sun was sucked up when the Milky Way devoured another galaxy, and that might make it harder for us to detect

New Scientist Live: are we about to uncover the dark universe?

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 12:37:00 PM
Astrophysicists are coming to London this September to describe how we might be about to crack the greatest mysteries of the universe - dark matter and dark energy

Robot laws: Why we need a code of conduct for AI – and fast

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 12:00:00 PM
From election-rigging bots to potentially lethal autonomous cars, artificial intelligence is straining legal boundaries. Here's what we need to keep it in check

Google Glass app uses emojis to help children with autism read faces

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 10:00:00 AM
Many children with autism find it hard to decipher other people’s facial expressions. An interactive system that uses Google Glass may help

Bio-engineered lungs are the first successful organs made in the lab

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 07:00:00 PM
Pigs have been able to breathe using lungs made in the lab. This is the most successful complex organ to be bioengineered yet – but there’s one big step left

Newly-discovered type of lung cell has central role in cystic fibrosis

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 06:00:00 PM
A new type of lung cell is rare in our bodies, but is the main place where the gene involved in the common hereditary condition cystic fibrosis is active

Donald Trump may finally appoint a science adviser after 18 month wait

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 04:21:00 PM
Kelvin Droegemeier, a weather researcher, has been nominated to be the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

AI camera to help spot the best grapes for making pesticide-free wine

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 02:52:00 PM
A combination of AI and photography is helping wine makers keep their grapes free of disease, by spotting the grapes that are most resistant to rot

One drink a day might be enough to stop dementia by flushing the brain

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 02:50:00 PM
Light drinking helps prevent dementia, and now we may know why: it revs up the brain’s waste disposal system

VR headset helps people who are legally blind see again

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 02:10:00 PM
A VR headset has helped people who are legally blind see again. While it didn’t cure their blindness, they were able to resume activities they previously found impossible

Kurdish refugee wins the Fields medal – the biggest prize in maths

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 02:05:00 PM
Caucher Birkar, who fled Iran for the UK, is one of four winners of the Fields medal, often called the Nobel prize of mathematics

Row over 3D-printed firearms distracts from US gun violence crisis

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 01:28:00 PM
Legal wrangling over whether plans for 3D-printed guns can be made available online ignores the US’s real public health crisis

Forgotten giants: Why the time is ripe to revisit Uranus and Neptune

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 12:15:00 PM
A fleeting glimpse of the ice giants 30 years ago hinted at very weird science that could tell us a lot about exoplanets. Now we have a rare chance to go back

Extreme heat: Why its origins could lie deep in the Atlantic

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Swathes of the northern hemisphere are smashing temperature records. Could it be because we’ve broken the ocean currents that stabilise our weather?

Lemurs self-medicate by rubbing toxic millipedes over their bottoms

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 11:20:00 AM
Red-fronted lemurs sometimes pick up a millipede, give it a chew to make it secrete toxins, then rub it on the skin around their anus - but why?

Earth Overshoot Day – what to make of this moment of reckoning?

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 10:30:00 AM
Earth Overshoot Day is a hugely popular way to highlight our global environmental impact. Here are two views on it...

An Amazonian snake has two types of venom that kill different prey

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 12:01:00 AM
The Amazon puffing snake has evolved to deliver two kinds of venom with one bite – one kills lizards and birds but doesn’t harm mammals, and the other does the opposite

NASA’s plans to end the ISS could put its Mars missions in danger

Tuesday July 31st, 2018 04:33:00 PM
A report on NASA's plans to stop funding the International Space Station by 2024 reveals that crucial studies on human spaceflight won't be done in time

Boy’s brain works just fine after a large piece was removed

Tuesday July 31st, 2018 04:00:00 PM
A boy had a third of his right brain hemisphere removed to treat his epilepsy. His brain has now rearranged itself, preventing any cognitive impairment

When you ride the subway you share bacteria with everyone in your city

Tuesday July 31st, 2018 04:00:00 PM
Unique bacterial communities exist on most Hong Kong subway train lines in the morning, but these merge during the day, also spreading antibiotic resistance

Pulses of laser light could find murder victims in unmarked graves

Tuesday July 31st, 2018 01:22:00 PM
Unmarked graves can be difficult and time-consuming to find, but scanning with pulses of laser light could help us pinpoint where the bodies are buried

Climate change made Europe’s heatwave twice as likely to happen

Tuesday July 31st, 2018 12:15:00 PM
The current heatwave in northern Europe was made twice as likely by climate change, according to a preliminary analysis.

Women have more miscarriages than live births over their lifetime

Monday July 30th, 2018 05:24:00 PM
A study that brings together many different findings concludes that miscarriages are even more common than we thought

Terraforming Mars might be impossible due to a lack of carbon dioxide

Monday July 30th, 2018 04:00:00 PM
We need lots of carbon dioxide to make Mars habitable for Earth life – and it turns out there isn’t enough on the Red Planet

Where does space begin? Here’s why it’s closer than you think

Monday July 30th, 2018 03:20:00 PM
The jump from Earth to space is often thought to happen 100 kilometres up, but it's time to think again and bring the boundary closer to home, says Jonathan McDowell

Mass graves found on Scottish islands may be ancient tsunami victims

Monday July 30th, 2018 01:26:00 PM
A rare tsunami may have struck the islands of Shetland and Orkney off the UK’s north coast 5500 years ago, killing dozens of people who had to be hastily buried

Biodiversity: Why the extinction crisis isn’t as bad as you thought

Monday July 30th, 2018 11:20:00 AM
Earth’s life isn’t just beautiful, it ensures human survival. No one denies we’re harming it, but there’s grounds for optimism – and ways to turn things around

Biodiversity may prove to be the defining issue of our age

Monday July 30th, 2018 10:00:00 AM
It’s an error to think we’ve got bigger problems than extinction. We must take species loss seriously, or it will come back to haunt us

From Ancillary Justice to Saga, savour the best sci-fi writing

Sunday July 29th, 2018 10:00:00 AM
We are in a new golden age of science fiction writing. Time to kick back and enjoy some of New Scientist's favourite new(ish) novels

Clean up your act with a clock that knows when you last vacuumed

Sunday July 29th, 2018 07:00:00 AM
A Fitbit for your vacuum cleaner keeps track of when you last did the cleaning and lets you know when you’ve been slacking off

Don’t miss: Latest Ant-Man film, exoplanets and a mind-blowing podcast

Saturday July 28th, 2018 02:00:00 PM
Enjoy the latest film in the Ant-Man franchise, find out what exoplanets can teach us about Earth and listen to an array of scientific marvels

Lifting the lid on the unconscious

Saturday July 28th, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Some 95 per cent of thought happens below the radar – by understanding how that works, you can game the system to beat your bad habits and unconscious biases

A new shape called the scutoid has been discovered in our cells

Saturday July 28th, 2018 11:00:00 AM
We’ve discovered a new shape called the scutoid, which lets cells pack so closely together – and could lead to better methods for making artificial organs

AI, reality and wildlife crime: All you need for a good read

Saturday July 28th, 2018 10:00:00 AM
Enjoy a bravura investigation of our troubled times, discover why aliens exist, and marvel at the bioheist of the century – all the best in holiday reading

Iceman: Our human history is the real star of a film about Ötzi

Friday July 27th, 2018 05:30:00 PM
Who needs visceral thrills when a new movie breathes scientifically grounded life to create a delicate portrait of the 5000-year-old man we know as Ötzi

Medical cannabis: What you really need to know

Friday July 27th, 2018 05:15:00 PM
The UK looks set to become the latest place to legalise medical cannabis. But with its use sweeping the world, many questions remain about what it does and how

New Scientist Live: will we ever understand the true nature of time?

Friday July 27th, 2018 04:00:00 PM
Physicist and best-selling author Carlo Rovelli is coming to London this September to explain the deep mysteries of time

How to hack your unconscious… to find your inner creativity

Friday July 27th, 2018 04:00:00 PM
Aha! moments of inspiration seem to come from nowhere – but the counterintuitive key to a creative brain is to defocus your thoughts

How to hack your unconscious… to boost your memory and learn better

Friday July 27th, 2018 04:00:00 PM
It seems like hard conscious work, but much of the learning process goes on deep in the mind. Here are the top tips to improve how you recall facts

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