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New Scientist – Home New Scientist – Home https://www.newscientist.com New Scientist – Home https://www.newscientist.com/wp-content/themes/new-scientist/img/ns-logo-scaled.png https://www.newscientist.com daily 1 Books of 2019: Our pick of the best forthcoming reads https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132110-700-books-of-2019-our-pick-of-the-best-forthcoming-reads/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sat, 05 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 From what to do about Einstein to tricks for survival to doing away with sexist neurotrash, it is looking like a good year for books http://mg24132110.700 Burden of Genius review: The story of the first liver transplants https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189671-burden-of-genius-review-the-story-of-the-first-liver-transplants/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sat, 05 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0000 On the last of our 12 Days of Culture, a film about pioneering liver transplant surgeon Thomas Starzl is one of sacrificing family life for medical advance https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189671 Hackers have leaked personal details of hundreds of German politicians https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189666-hackers-have-leaked-personal-details-of-hundreds-of-german-politicians/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 15:06:00 +0000 A significant data breach has exposed the personal information of chancellor Angela Merkel along with hundreds of other German politicians https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189666 Self-cleaning spacesuits could help astronauts cope with Martian dust https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189658-self-cleaning-spacesuits-could-help-astronauts-cope-with-martian-dust/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 14:50:00 +0000 Mars and the Moon are covered in abrasive dust that will stick to and shred spacesuits – but not if those spacesuits are made using non-stick carbon nanotube-based materials https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189658 An AI conference warns us why we need to mind our language https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189636-an-ai-conference-warns-us-why-we-need-to-mind-our-language/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000 We’re using the wrong words to talk about artificial intelligence. The 11th of our 12 Days of Culture shows where we’ve gone wrong and why it really matters https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189636 Japan’s plan to resume commercial whaling could actually help whales https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189645-japans-plan-to-resume-commercial-whaling-could-actually-help-whales/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:37:00 +0000 Japan’s move is bad news for whales within its waters, but spells the end of high seas whaling, says Matthew Collis https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189645 Why the UK using less electricity is weirdly bad news for the climate https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189635-why-the-uk-using-less-electricity-is-weirdly-bad-news-for-the-climate/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:26:00 +0000 In some ways it is great news that electricity demand in the UK is falling, but paradoxically to meet climate goals it should be rising https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189635 Our addiction to flying is ruining the climate, but it doesn’t have to https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132110-500-our-addiction-to-flying-is-ruining-the-climate-but-it-doesnt-have-to/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 From simply flying planes in straighter lines to sucking fuel from thin air, a raft of new technologies that could help us fly guilt-free are in the offing http://mg24132110.500 Rabbits that don’t eat their own faeces are small and weak https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188889-rabbits-that-dont-eat-their-own-faeces-are-small-and-weak/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 We know that rabbits eat some of their own faeces – they may do so in order to better metabolise their food so they can grow larger https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188889 A scientific guide to the resolutions that are really worth the effort https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132112-800-a-scientific-guide-to-the-resolutions-that-are-really-worth-the-effort/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 11:20:00 +0000 Being a better you needn’t be as hard as you think. From more sleep, to snacking smarter and ditching the gym – we put 10 New Year’s resolutions to the test http://mg24132112.800 Fixing a flaw in photosynthesis could massively boost food production https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189520-fixing-a-flaw-in-photosynthesis-could-massively-boost-food-production/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 Compensating for a fundamental flaw in photosynthesis boosts biomass in tobacco by up to 40 per cent – next up are food crops https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189520 Don’t panic about children’s screen time, try these tips instead https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189621-dont-panic-about-childrens-screen-time-try-these-tips-instead/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 09:57:00 +0000 Alleged dangers of screen time have been exaggerated, worrying parents. Here are some guidelines to ensure screens are used positively, says paediatrician Max Davie https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189621 Australians care if politicians tell lies, but people in the US don’t https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189545-australians-care-if-politicians-tell-lies-but-people-in-the-us-dont/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0000 Fact-checking politicians’ statements alters both the views and the voting intentions of people in Australia – but makes far less difference in the US https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189545 A cosmic collision may be coming for our galaxy sooner than we thought https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189594-a-cosmic-collision-may-be-coming-for-our-galaxy-sooner-than-we-thought/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:01:00 +0000 The nearby Large Magellanic Cloud may be on a collision course with the Milky Way – and it could make our galaxy less strange when they smash in 2 billion years https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189594 Genome sequencing reveals disease risk in otherwise healthy babies https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189577-genome-sequencing-reveals-disease-risk-in-otherwise-healthy-babies/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:00:00 +0000 Sequencing the genomes of healthy newborns has helped identify genetic mutations that can result in childhood-onset diseases https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189577 Broken Symmetries review: the art of seeing science afresh https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189562-broken-symmetries-review-the-art-of-seeing-science-afresh/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:00:00 +0000 On the 10th of our 12 Days of Culture, artists from CERN’s Collide International Residency show how they tackle the problem of describing science like it is https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189562 Bereaved people unconsciously suppress thoughts of lost loved ones https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189378-bereaved-people-unconsciously-suppress-thoughts-of-lost-loved-ones/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 03 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000 Brain scanning has revealed that grieving people can actively suppress thoughts of a dead relative without realising that they are doing it https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189378 World’s most powerful telescope takes us to the edge of a black hole https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132110-600-worlds-most-powerful-telescope-takes-us-to-the-edge-of-a-black-hole/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 On a desert mountain in Chile, a mega telescope is peering over the event horizon of a black hole – the aim is to test Einstein’s theories to the limit http://mg24132110.600 Watch: Very Large Telescope uses giant lasers in hunt for black holes https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189045-watch-very-large-telescope-uses-giant-lasers-in-hunt-for-black-holes/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 03 Jan 2019 11:55:00 +0000 On a mountaintop in Chile sits the world’s most powerful optical telescope, searching for the edge of black holes, and using huge lasers to guide its gaze https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189045 First photo of Chinese Yutu-2 rover exploring far side of the moon https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189606-first-photo-of-chinese-yutu-2-rover-exploring-far-side-of-the-moon/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 03 Jan 2019 11:45:00 +0000 On 3 January, the Chinese lander Chang’e 4 became the first spacecraft ever to land on the far side of the moon, and it has just rolled out its rover, Yutu-2 https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189606 Fetal sharks may look for food by swimming around inside their mothers https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189372-fetal-sharks-may-look-for-food-by-swimming-around-inside-their-mothers/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 03 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000 Tawny nurse shark fetuses have been discovered swimming from one uterus to another inside their mothers, likely looking for undeveloped eggs to eat https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189372 China’s Chang’e 4 makes historic first landing on the moon’s far side https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189514-chinas-change-4-makes-historic-first-landing-on-the-moons-far-side/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 03 Jan 2019 10:03:00 +0000 A lander and rover have touched down on the side of the moon that never faces Earth. The Chang’e 4 mission marks the first time anyone has explored the far side https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189514 Ice from the Alps reveals Europeans ditched gold for silver in AD 660 https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189122-ice-from-the-alps-reveals-europeans-ditched-gold-for-silver-in-ad-660/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 03 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0000 The people of north-west Europe embraced a silver currency instead of gold in the seventh century, and this may have fuelled a post-Roman economic boom https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189122 Ultima Thule is a snowman-shaped rock covered in weird ice https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189508-ultima-thule-is-a-snowman-shaped-rock-covered-in-weird-ice/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 19:50:00 +0000 The New Horizons spacecraft just flew past a distant rock called MU69 or Ultima Thule that looks like a snowman – and it may have exotic ices on its surface https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189508 AI could make it impossible for artists and novelists to make a living https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132112-400-ai-could-make-it-impossible-for-artists-and-novelists-to-make-a-living/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0000 Copyright protections were originally designed to incentivise creators and allow them to profit from their work, but what happens when the artist is a machine? http://mg24132112.400 A New Year vow for our leaders? Start taking climate change seriously https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132112-500-a-new-year-vow-for-our-leaders-start-taking-climate-change-seriously/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0000 Never has there been a more important time for politicians to move beyond paying lip service to the fight against global warming, says Owen Gaffney http://mg24132112.500 Surrogacy should be a relationship, not a transaction https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132112-600-surrogacy-should-be-a-relationship-not-a-transaction/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0000 UK surrogates are speaking out against a move to pay women a fee for carrying someone else’s child, says Natalie Smith http://mg24132112.600 Green light implant relieves urinary incontinence in rats https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189398-green-light-implant-relieves-urinary-incontinence-in-rats/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0000 A device that modulates nerve signals by shining green light on them has been found to restore bladder control in rats that urinate too often https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189398 Crashing tidal waves may lurk beneath the surface of icy moons https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188318-crashing-tidal-waves-may-lurk-beneath-the-surface-of-icy-moons/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 15:00:00 +0000 Enceladus and Europa both have liquid oceans under their shells of ice, and they may be full of tidal waves bouncing energy between their cores and surfaces https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188318 Is eating cheese as bad for animals and the planet as eating meat? https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188903-is-eating-cheese-as-bad-for-animals-and-the-planet-as-eating-meat/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000 Bravo for having given up eating meat! But in the ninth of our 12 Days of Culture, might we suggest giving up cheese and going back to chicken – for ethical reasons? https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188903 How to make even your toughest new year’s resolutions stick https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23331072-500-how-to-make-even-your-toughest-new-years-resolutions-stick/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Our annual vows to ditch bad habits rarely manage to change behaviour, but why? Frank Swain examines how to make a new you this year http://mg23331072.500 Black-haired monkeys in Costa Rica are suddenly turning blonde https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189236-black-haired-monkeys-in-costa-rica-are-suddenly-turning-blonde/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 The howler monkeys of Costa Rica normally have black coats, but over the last 20 years some have turned yellow – a change too fast to be explained by evolution https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189236 Distant space rock Ultima Thule looks like a spinning bowling pin https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189436-distant-space-rock-ultima-thule-looks-like-a-spinning-bowling-pin/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 11:11:00 +0000 NASA’s New Horizons probe has sent back the first blurry pictures of the most distant object we’ve ever visited https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189436 Massive space rock smash-up with Uranus recreated in a riot of colour https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188106-massive-space-rock-smash-up-with-uranus-recreated-in-a-riot-of-colour/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 Uranus was probably tilted on its side by a giant impact when it was young, and a detailed new simulation of this process is a riot of swirling colours https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188106 Leafcutter ants have their own landfill sites that emit greenhouse gas https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189326-leafcutter-ants-have-their-own-landfill-sites-that-emit-greenhouse-gas/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:01:00 +0000 Ants that grow fungi inside their nests also make their own landfills – and these release significant amounts of nitrous oxide https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189326 Intel’s quest to build the world’s first true quantum computer https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189379-intels-quest-to-build-the-worlds-first-true-quantum-computer/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Tue, 01 Jan 2019 19:00:00 +0000 James Clarke, of Intel’s quantum computing research team, tells New Scientist about his ambitions to make the first device with a million qubits https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189379 Biggest archaeological dig in Europe will uncover UK’s buried history https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132110-300-biggest-archaeological-dig-in-europe-will-uncover-uks-buried-history/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Tue, 01 Jan 2019 15:00:00 +0000 The construction of a high-speed train line, HS2, is allowing archaeologists to search for Romans, plague victims and even mammoths http://mg24132110.300 It’s very bad news that common viruses are affected by climate change https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188974-its-very-bad-news-that-common-viruses-are-affected-by-climate-change/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Tue, 01 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000 No one knew climate change would affect viruses that spread from person to person, but it does. For the eighth of our 12 Days of Culture we look at how disease may change https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188974 Baby chicks could be given faecal transplants to ward off infections https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189365-baby-chicks-could-be-given-faecal-transplants-to-ward-off-infections/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Tue, 01 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000 Farmed chickens often carry diseases like Campylobacter, which can cause food poisoning, but faecal transplants dramatically slow the spread of the bacteria https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189365 Young people’s blood is being tested as a treatment for Parkinson’s https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189292-young-peoples-blood-is-being-tested-as-a-treatment-for-parkinsons/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Mon, 31 Dec 2018 19:00:00 +0000 The Californian firm Alkahest has begun a trial to see if injections of an extract of younger adults’ blood can improve Parkinson’s symptoms in older people https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189292 Ultracold atoms can make strange and beautiful quantum fireworks https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188853-ultracold-atoms-can-make-strange-and-beautiful-quantum-fireworks/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Mon, 31 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 Feed enough energy into a gas of ultracold atoms and it will create waves that produce a burst of quantum fireworks https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188853 A skin test after a traumatic event may identify those at risk of PTSD https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189243-a-skin-test-after-a-traumatic-event-may-identify-those-at-risk-of-ptsd/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Mon, 31 Dec 2018 14:00:00 +0000 A simple skin test appears to predict those most at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder – a finding that may help them get the support they need https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189243 Vaguer goals may help you stick to your new exercise routine https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188920-vaguer-goals-may-help-you-stick-to-your-new-exercise-routine/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Mon, 31 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000 If you’re thinking of taking up a new pursuit, vague, open goals may be better to help you do it than setting hard targets, we find on the seventh of our 12 Days of Culture https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188920 The mummified penguins that hold the secrets of Antarctica’s past https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032093-700-the-mummified-penguins-that-hold-the-secrets-of-antarcticas-past/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Mon, 31 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Antarctica’s Adélie penguins nest on the well-preserved remains of their ancestors. All it takes is a trowel and a strong stomach to dig into their climate history http://mg24032093.700 2019 Preview: Experimental vaccine could let coeliacs eat gluten https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032093-500-2019-preview-experimental-vaccine-could-let-coeliacs-eat-gluten/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sun, 30 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 A vaccine that teaches a person’s immune system to see gluten as harmless could enable some people with coeliac disease to eat bread and pasta made from wheat http://mg24032093.500 The animal economists that can wheel and deal as well as any human https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032090-300-the-animal-economists-that-can-wheel-and-deal-as-well-as-any-human/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sun, 30 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 From monkey markets to fishy business, we’re finding that many animals make rational trades. Even brainless fungi have a thing or two to teach us http://mg24032090.300 2019 Preview: Gravitational waves will be discovered every few weeks https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032093-400-2019-preview-gravitational-waves-will-be-discovered-every-few-weeks/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sat, 29 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and other experiments will detect dozens more ripples in space time http://mg24032093.400 Nature’s Nation: Art benefits from getting its hands dirty https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188614-natures-nation-art-benefits-from-getting-its-hands-dirty/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sat, 29 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Forty-eight years on from the first Earth Day, the 5th article in our 12 Days of Culture series examines the long-term impact of environmental art https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188614 Death rays: How the dream of an ultimate weapon became a dark farce https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032093-800-death-rays-how-the-dream-of-an-ultimate-weapon-became-a-dark-farce/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sat, 29 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 The quest for the ultimate destructive weapon is a convoluted story of egos, charlatanry and deception – with a starring role for mercurial genius Nikola Tesla http://mg24032093.800 2019 Preview: We will see the first ever picture of a black hole https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032093-300-2019-preview-we-will-see-the-first-ever-picture-of-a-black-hole/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 28 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 We have never seen a picture of a black hole, but that will change when the Event Horizon Telescope reveals its first snap of the behemoth at the Milky Way’s centre http://mg24032093.300 Droplets don’t have to be round – here’s one squished into a square https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188711-droplets-dont-have-to-be-round-heres-one-squished-into-a-square/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 28 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 Drops of liquid are usually round, but now we’ve found out how to make square droplets by squashing liquid between two elastic films stretched in different directions https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188711 The most eye-catching science and tech news stories of 2018 https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032093-600-the-most-eye-catching-science-and-tech-news-stories-of-2018/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 28 Dec 2018 14:00:00 +0000 From advances in mind reading and medical procedures to AI law enforcement and CRISPR controversy, 2018 was a year of highs and lows. Here are our highlights http://mg24032093.600 The Republican Reversal shows how the US party is like Soviet Russia https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188912-the-republican-reversal-shows-how-the-us-party-is-like-soviet-russia/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 28 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000 The Republicans used to be all for science. A new book analyses how the US conservative party turned against conservation for the fourth of our 12 Days of Culture https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188912 The mysterious demise of Europe’s massive cave bears https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032093-900-the-mysterious-demise-of-europes-massive-cave-bears/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 28 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Once more common than brown bears, cave bears didn’t survive the last glacial period. Could their sad end be down to their diet, or just to being bears of very little brain? http://mg24032093.900 2019 Preview: AI to best humans at one of world’s most complex games https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032093-200-2019-preview-ai-to-best-humans-at-one-of-worlds-most-complex-games/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 27 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 A team of AI bots were beaten at the video game Dota 2 by human players in June, but in 2019 they will return with a vengeance to become the world’s best http://mg24032093.200 UK army tests eagle-inspired paragliding drone for delivering supplies https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189250-uk-army-tests-eagle-inspired-paragliding-drone-for-delivering-supplies/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 27 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 An autonomous paraglider inspired by nature could help deliver military supplies, such as food or trucks, and airlift people to safety https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189250 Quiz of the year: Test your knowledge of 2018’s science stories https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032094-300-quiz-of-the-year-test-your-knowledge-of-2018s-science-stories/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 27 Dec 2018 14:00:00 +0000 What is the punk turtle’s secret power? Or the US Navy’s newest secret weapon? Find out how well you’ve been paying attention with our fun festive quiz http://mg24032094.300 Dream on: My year pursuing the third state of being https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188637-dream-on-my-year-pursuing-the-third-state-of-being/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 27 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Dreaming can bring extraordinary ideas – if you can remember them.  The 3rd article of our 12 Days of Culture explores the weird world of hypnagogic dreaming https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188637 The quantum trick that can help you live a better life – probably https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032090-100-the-quantum-trick-that-can-help-you-live-a-better-life-probably/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:20:00 +0000 Quantum theory suggests everything that can happen, does. Now a phone app gives us a way to exploit this weirdness – and enjoy the best of all possible worlds http://mg24032090.100 Quiz: What were these six bamboozling inventions designed to do? https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032094-000-quiz-what-were-these-six-bamboozling-inventions-designed-to-do/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Can you tell a guillotine calibrator from a combustion-powered clock? A Victorian roller skate from a laser roulette wheel? Take our antiques quiz to find out http://mg24032094.000 2019 Preview: Teeth will reveal our species’ deep evolutionary past https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032093-100-2019-preview-teeth-will-reveal-our-species-deep-evolutionary-past/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 26 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 We will start to learn what a host of ancient animal and early human remains really are, thanks to new techniques for analysing tiny fragments of fossil remains http://mg24032093.100 Rich people give more to charity when you make them feel powerful https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132110-200-rich-people-give-more-to-charity-when-you-make-them-feel-powerful/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 26 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 Wealthy people donated 60 per cent more money when they received messages appealing to their personal power rather than their community-mindedness http://mg24132110.200 Palaeontologists behaving badly, and other bitter feuds in science https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032090-600-palaeontologists-behaving-badly-and-other-bitter-feuds-in-science/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 26 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 What killed the dinosaurs? Does string theory count as science? Is Pluto a planet? Get embroiled in five explosive debates that have put researchers at each others’ throats http://mg24032090.600 The Transformers Summit: solving the problem of urban living https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189131-the-transformers-summit-solving-the-problem-of-urban-living/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 26 Dec 2018 10:00:00 +0000 The UN wants to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030. So innovators, entrepreneurs and policy makers are responding https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189131 2019 Preview: Electric cars of all shapes and sizes will hit the road https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032093-000-2019-preview-electric-cars-of-all-shapes-and-sizes-will-hit-the-road/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Tue, 25 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Various kinds of electric cars are on their way from manufacturers who have never made them before, such as Volkswagen, Volvo and Audi http://mg24032093.000 Lost ‘Darwinia’ islands could be origin of species in the Galapagos https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132110-100-lost-darwinia-islands-could-be-origin-of-species-in-the-galapagos/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Tue, 25 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 Millions of years before the Galapagos existed, another island chain may have shaped the evolution of the unusual wildlife that later inspired Charles Darwin http://mg24132110.100 Inside the dark web: why it’s odder than you can imagine https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032091-300-inside-the-dark-web-why-its-odder-than-you-can-imagine/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Tue, 25 Dec 2018 14:00:00 +0000 We all know about the dark web’s illegal markets and shady deals. But from playing better chess to protecting political freedom, it’s full of surprises http://mg24032091.300 How the stunning Earthrise became the world’s most famous photograph https://www.newscientist.com/article/0-how-the-stunning-earthrise-became-the-worlds-most-famous-photograph/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Tue, 25 Dec 2018 07:00:00 +0000 On Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 became the first crewed spacecraft to circle the moon. Emerging from its dark side, one astronaut reached for his camera https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188742 2019 Preview: People will receive transfusions of artificial blood https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032092-900-2019-preview-people-will-receive-transfusions-of-artificial-blood/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Mon, 24 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Volunteers will be injected with red blood cells grown from stem cells in the lab. If it works it could mean blood donors are no longer required http://mg24032092.900 Ski exoskeleton boosts leg power and reduces tiredness on the slopes https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188641-ski-exoskeleton-boosts-leg-power-and-reduces-tiredness-on-the-slopes/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Mon, 24 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 When hurtling down a mountain an exoskeleton could absorb some of the impact for skiers and snowboarders and give them extra power in their turns https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188641 The world’s great nations are revisiting the moon. But where’s Europe? https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032091-200-the-worlds-great-nations-are-revisiting-the-moon-but-wheres-europe/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Mon, 24 Dec 2018 14:00:00 +0000 The half-century since the first lunar landing has seen more stories than ever being spun about the moon, and why we should go there http://mg24032091.200 Toys are us: How childhood objects may have shaped human history https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032094-100-toys-are-us-how-childhood-objects-may-have-shaped-human-history/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Tantalising evidence hints that key human innovations including the wheel and weaving were the outcome of, quite literally, child’s play http://mg24032094.100 2019 Preview: DNA testing will lead to a decline in genetic disorders https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032092-800-2019-preview-dna-testing-will-lead-to-a-decline-in-genetic-disorders/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sun, 23 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 A large trial of a pre-pregnancy DNA test could be the first step towards marked declines in inherited disorders being passed on to future generations http://mg24032092.800 Cannibalistic African clawed frog eats tadpoles of its relatives https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188669-cannibalistic-african-clawed-frog-eats-tadpoles-of-its-relatives/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sun, 23 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 The African clawed frog likes to dine on its own tadpoles – but it prefers those belonging to the endangered Cape platanna frog https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188669 Six spectacular ice phenomena to look out for this winter https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032090-400-six-spectacular-ice-phenomena-to-look-out-for-this-winter/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sun, 23 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 From candy-cane snow rollers to fragile flowers, ice can take on magical, complex guises. Here are six that might catch your eye this winter http://mg24032090.400 Plight of the Living Dead review – The making of real zombies https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032091-100-plight-of-the-living-dead-review-the-making-of-real-zombies/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sun, 23 Dec 2018 10:00:00 +0000 From cockroaches to humans, few creatures are immune from the complex strategies of the mind-stealing parasites at the centre of a gripping Christmas tale http://mg24032091.100 You can help beat cancer https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032090-900-you-can-help-beat-cancer/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sun, 23 Dec 2018 08:00:00 +0000 Meet Claire, a PhD researcher developing cancer treatments. Find out why she needs your help to beat cancer http://mg24032090.900 Crayfish experience something like anxiety when they shed their armour https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189257-crayfish-experience-something-like-anxiety-when-they-shed-their-armour/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sat, 22 Dec 2018 19:00:00 +0000 Crayfish have to shed their armour to grow, leaving them temporarily undefended. During this time, they show signs of anxiety – but human anti-anxiety drugs change this https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189257 2019 Preview: 30 cold cases to be solved using DNA ancestry websites https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032092-700-2019-preview-30-cold-cases-to-be-solved-using-dna-ancestry-websites/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sat, 22 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Arrests will finally be made in connection to dozens of decades-old murder and rape cases, as thousands more people upload their DNA to family tree websites http://mg24032092.700 NASA probe will hurtle past the most distant object we’ve ever visited https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188770-nasa-probe-will-hurtle-past-the-most-distant-object-weve-ever-visited/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sat, 22 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 In 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft whizzed past Pluto. Now it is about to arrive at Ultima Thule, a tiny space rock 6.6 billion kilometres away from Earth https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188770 Why do wombats poo cubes and turkeys spirals? One woman is finding out https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032090-700-why-do-wombats-poo-cubes-and-turkeys-spirals-one-woman-is-finding-out/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sat, 22 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Engineer Patricia Yang won an IgNobel prize for flushing out a universal law of animal urination. Next up? Discovering why wombat stools come out as cubes http://mg24032090.700 Christmas story: Unauthorized Bread by Cory Doctorow https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032091-000-christmas-story-unauthorized-bread-by-cory-doctorow/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Sat, 22 Dec 2018 10:00:00 +0000 In our exclusive extract, dripping with human kindness (well, butter) our heroine Salima receives her daily bread – eventually http://mg24032091.000 2019 Preview: Renewable energy race to ramp up as oil use skyrockets https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032092-600-2019-preview-renewable-energy-race-to-ramp-up-as-oil-use-skyrockets/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 As global demand for energy grows, we will need to switch to renewables even faster to avoid climate catastrophe http://mg24032092.600 Gel made from birch bark reduces skin scarring from cuts and burns https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188893-gel-made-from-birch-bark-reduces-skin-scarring-from-cuts-and-burns/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:05:00 +0000 A dressing made from birch bark – which has long been used in traditional medicine to wrap wounds – allows cuts and burns to heal faster with less scarring https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188893 Seeking the perfect cocktail? Let science be your bartender https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032090-800-seeking-the-perfect-cocktail-let-science-be-your-bartender/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Your fizz lost its fizz and your sling its swing? Using network theory and a dash of psychology, New Scientist has created drinks recipes to leave you shaken and stirred http://mg24032090.800 Hominin v monkey deathmatch ended in a draw when they fell down a hole https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189192-hominin-v-monkey-deathmatch-ended-in-a-draw-when-they-fell-down-a-hole/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Fossils suggest that a 3.6-million-year-old early human ancestor called “Little Foot” may have died in a violent encounter with a primitive baboon https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189192 Women are finally getting equal access to the Hubble Space Telescope https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189197-women-are-finally-getting-equal-access-to-the-hubble-space-telescope/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 21 Dec 2018 11:49:00 +0000 For years, women were not receiving a fair share of access to the Hubble Space Telescope, but making requests anonymous has led to parity with men for the first time https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189197 Scuba-diving lizard can stay underwater for at least 16 minutes https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189067-scuba-diving-lizard-can-stay-underwater-for-at-least-16-minutes/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 21 Dec 2018 11:27:00 +0000 The water anole of Costa Rica dives underwater to escape from predators such as birds by blowing out and re-inhaling a large bubble of air https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2189067 How busting some moves on the dance floor is good for your brain https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032090-200-how-busting-some-moves-on-the-dance-floor-is-good-for-your-brain/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Fri, 21 Dec 2018 09:55:00 +0000 Whether you do the robot, shake your tail feather or go full ballroom, dancing has benefits that go way beyond having a good time http://mg24032090.200 There’ll be a domino effect as we trigger ecosystem tipping points https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188965-therell-be-a-domino-effect-as-we-trigger-ecosystem-tipping-points/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 20 Dec 2018 19:00:00 +0000 There are lots of interconnected tipping points linking the climate and environment, so drastic changes to the planet will have many unexpected consequences https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188965 Starchy food may reduce autoimmune reactions in people with lupus https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188988-starchy-food-may-reduce-autoimmune-reactions-in-people-with-lupus/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 20 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0000 A study in mice shows that certain gut bacteria may exacerbate lupus, but eating starch can halt their growth, hinting at a possible treatment https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188988 Device that works like a lung makes clean fuel from water https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188891-device-that-works-like-a-lung-makes-clean-fuel-from-water/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 A device inspired by human lungs can split water into oxygen and hydrogen. If successfully scaled up it could help make clean fuel for hydrogen cars https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188891 There may be a link between erectile dysfunction and type 2 diabetes https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188910-there-may-be-a-link-between-erectile-dysfunction-and-type-2-diabetes/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0000 A DNA analysis links type 2 diabetes with erectile dysfunction, hinting that having a healthier lifestyle may reduce the chances of getting erectile problems https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188910 Ice-filled Martian crater is a permanent winter wonderland https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188925-ice-filled-martian-crater-is-a-permanent-winter-wonderland/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 20 Dec 2018 12:24:00 +0000 The European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe captured this striking view of ice-filled Korolev Crater, near the north pole of the Red Planet https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188925 2018’s weirdest stories: Friendly horses, toddler robots and moonmoons https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188838-2018s-weirdest-stories-friendly-horses-toddler-robots-and-moonmoons/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Thu, 20 Dec 2018 08:00:00 +0000 New Scientist has covered some strange scientific findings this year. Here is our round-up of the weirdest and wackiest https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188838 Robot hand that plays Jingle Bells could help us make better limbs https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188558-robot-hand-that-plays-jingle-bells-could-help-us-make-better-limbs/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 19 Dec 2018 19:00:00 +0000 A 3D-printed rigid replica of a human hand can play classic tunes on the piano like Jingle Bells without ever moving individual fingers https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188558 The more pets you meet as a baby, the lower your risk of allergies https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188610-the-more-pets-you-meet-as-a-baby-the-lower-your-risk-of-allergies/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 19 Dec 2018 19:00:00 +0000 Children that are exposed to multiple cats and dogs in their first year of life go on to have lower rates of asthma, hay fever and eczema later in life https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188610 DNA from 6000-year-old chewing gum reveals how an ancient woman lived https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188865-dna-from-6000-year-old-chewing-gum-reveals-how-an-ancient-woman-lived/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:22:00 +0000 Lola lived 6000 years ago and made glue by chewing birch bark pitch. By analysing DNA left on the pitch we know about her diet, appearance, and ancestry https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188865 Colour me scientific: Two free fun colour-me-in downloads https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032094-200-colour-me-scientific-two-free-fun-colour-me-in-downloads/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 Never heard of a querkle or a spiroglyphic? No worries – just get your colouring pens and follow the simple instructions to reveal two iconic images of science http://mg24032094.200 House plants don’t clean your air that much – but this GM pothos might https://www.newscientist.com/article/2188798-house-plants-dont-clean-your-air-that-much-but-this-gm-pothos-might/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-%7B%7Bterm%7D%7D Wed, 19 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000 The air-cleaning properties of house plants have been over-hyped. A GM house plant that breaks down indoor pollutants linked to cancer may do a better job https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2188798
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