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2019-03-08 09:12:03

Moon orbiter failure dashes hopes for ice search

WHENitcomestofindingwatericeonthemoon

2019-03-08 08:05:01

Dark energy lit up by black-hole pairs

ByStephenBattersbyDARKenergy–themysteriousstuffthatiscausingtheuniverse’sexpansiontoaccelerate–couldbeilluminatedbyanotherdarkenigma:theblackhole.Supermassiveblackholesarethoughttoexistatthecoreofmo

2019-03-08 07:08:02

Circling turbines spell doom for vultures

COULDwindfarmshastenthelocalextinctionofanendangeredvultureinsouthernSpain?Studieshavesofarfocusedontheshort-termeffectsofwindturbines,

2019-03-08 06:20:04

Has runaway Arctic warming already begun?

ByFredPearceinGenevaRunawaywarmingoftheArcticthreatenstospreadclimatehavocacrosstheglobeinthecomingdecades

2019-03-08 06:14:07

Martian meteorite may have held life

MOREthanadecadeafterthefuroreoveraMartianmeteoritethatsomeclaimedcontainedfossilmicrobes

2019-03-08 06:08:07

Laughing gas set to deplete the ozone layer

NITROUSoxide–alsoknownaslaughinggas–isthenewvillaininthefighttosavetheozonelayer.Eversincethe1987Montrealprotocolphasedouttheuseofchlorofluorocarbons(CFCs)andotherozone-depletinggases

2019-03-08 06:07:01

Today on New Scientist: 3 September 2009

Thisisadigestofthestoriespostedtonewscientist.comfrom6pmyesterdayuntil6pmtoday.We’rerunningitasanexperiment.Didyoufindituseful?Doyouhavesuggestionsabouthowwecanmakeitbetter?Letusknow.Thanksforyo

2019-03-08 06:02:11

No quick fix for America's sickness

WITHtheacrimoniousdebateoverhealthcarereformpoisedtoreturntoWashingtonfollowingCongress’ssummerbreak

2019-03-08 05:11:06

Obama turns to science to clean up interrogations

ByMichaelBondINANattempttodrawalineunderthedubiousintelligence-gatheringpracticesoftheBushadministration

2019-03-08 05:09:11

Trick of the light made life's molecules left-handed

ByMacGregorCampbellABIZARREformofmatterthatmightbefloating90kilometresaboveEarth’ssurfacecouldhelpexplainoneoflife’senduringmysteries:whyarethebuildingblocksofthelivingworldmostlyleft-handed?Ma

2019-03-08 04:15:09

Fly-by-wireless set for take-off

ByDuncanGraham-RoweSHEDDINGpoundsisn’tjustapreoccupationofdieters

2019-03-08 04:10:06

Are girls predisposed to develop a fear of spiders?

Thesightofeightlongblacklegscrawlingslowlyoverthefloorcanmakesomepeoplescreamandrun–andwomenarefourtimesaslikelytotakefrightthanmen.Nowastudysuggeststhatfemalesarepredisposedtodevelopfearsforpotential

2019-03-08 04:06:03

Fasting extends female fertility

ByLindaGeddesPUTfemalemiceonadiet

2019-03-08 03:07:12

Plasmobot: the slime mould robot

THOUGHnotfamedfortheirintellect

2019-03-08 03:04:04

Software unearths stuff you never knew about yourself

DOYOUgetirritatedbyegosurfers

2019-03-08 02:13:12

New microprocessor runs on thin air

ByColinBarras(Image:RoyalSocietyChemistry/Rhee/Burns)(Image:RoyalSocietyChemistry/Rhee/Burns)There’snoshortageofwaystoperformcalculationswithoutastandardelectroniccomputer.Butthelatestinalongline

2019-03-08 02:12:04

Milky Way's twin caught dismembering neighbour

ByLisaGrossmanOurtwonearestlargeneighbours

2019-03-08 02:10:10

Egyptian temples followed heavenly plans

ANCIENTEgyptiantempleswerealignedsopreciselywithastronomicaleventsthatpeoplecouldsettheirpolitical

2019-03-08 02:07:02

Carrots are better than sticks

ByMacGregorCampbellWantcooperation?Rewardingthehelpfulcanbemoreeffectivethanpunishingwrongdoers

2019-03-08 02:06:12

Climate will cost much more than UN thinks

AKEYnumberinthestruggletotackleglobalwarmingisflawed.ThecostofadaptingtotheeffectsofclimatechangeistwotothreetimesthefigurequotedbytheUNclimatechangeconvention

2019-03-08 02:05:08

Universal translator for web browsers

EVERwonderedwhattheArabicorChinesepressaresayingabouttheissuesoftheday?Findingoutjustgotaloteasier

2019-03-08 02:02:02

Skin disorder lowers sensitivity to disgust

IT’Shardtoignoreafacefilledwithdisgust

2019-03-08 01:18:03

Forest fire threatens historic California observatory

AVORACIOUSCalifornianforestfireisthreateningtheMountWilsonObservatorynearLosAngeles

2019-03-08 01:14:07

Doug Melton: Finding a cure for diabetes

ByRogerHighfieldThisweekDougMelton‘steamattheHarvardStemCellInstituteinCambridge

2019-03-08 01:05:14

Three human genes evolved from junk

ByMichaelLePageATLEASTthreehumangenesevolved“fromscratch”viamutationsinnon-codingstretchesofDNA

2019-03-07 10:06:10

Fear dulls our awareness of the nuances of sound

ByCatherinedeLangeYoumightthinkthatbeingabletodistinguishbetweenanoiseassociatedwithdangerandasimilarbutinnocuousonewouldbeausefulskill.Yetpeoplefindithardtotellsimilarsoundsapartifoneislinkedtoabadex

2019-03-07 09:16:03

Saturn moon's atmosphere forged by comet impacts

ByStephenBattersbyTheuniqueatmosphereofSaturn’smoonTitancouldhavebeencreatedbycometsblastinggasesoutofitsicycrust.Titanistheonlymooninthesolarsystemwithmuchatmosphere

2019-03-07 09:10:14

Childhood leukaemia linked to mosquito bites

BITESfrommosquitoescarryingunidentifiedvirusesmightexplainchildhoodleukaemiaclustersaroundthetownofFalloninNevada.Andlastweek

2019-03-07 08:14:02

First evidence that gorillas pass on traditions

ByMattKaplanVideo:DifferentgorillatraditionsforeatingnettlesChimpsandorang-utansarewellknownfortheirabilitytodeveloptool-usingtricksandtransmitthesewithintheirsocialgroups.Butbecausegorillasarecompa

2019-03-07 07:14:11

New doubts over shaken-baby evidence

ByAndyCoghlanWATER-FILLEDcystsinthebrainofadeadbabyshouldnotbetakenasproofthattheinfanthasbeenshakentodeath.Newfindingsshowthatcystsarealsofoundinbabiesknowntohavediedofinnocentcauses.Ifthebrainisstar

2019-03-07 07:11:11

Renewables may supply 80 per cent of our energy by 2050

ByFredPearceTheIntergovernmentalPanelonClimateChangehasthisweeksetoutarosyvisionofourgreenfuture–alongsideableakwarningofanalternativeoutcome.Withtherightgovernmentalbackingwecouldgetalmost80percentof

2019-03-07 07:09:02

Zoologger: The only fish that cries like a baby

ByMichaelMarshallandCatherinedeLangeSpecies:BatrachomoeustrispinosusHabitat:Swamps

2019-03-07 06:13:10

Teen survey reveals gene for happiness

FORGETmoney

2019-03-07 06:09:08

Fighting ocean acidification the fish tank way

ByWendyZukermanAroundtheworld

2019-03-07 06:04:04

April photo competition winners: Wheels

Arguablythemostimportantinventionever,

2019-03-07 05:17:13

Fleeting antimatter trapped for a quarter of an hour

ByMarkBuchananUpdate:ThisworkhasnowbeenpublishedinthejournalNaturePhysics(DOI:10.1038/nphys2025)Whatcanyoudowithaquarterofanhour?Writeafewemails

2019-03-07 05:13:12

DNA chip test will track down illegal fish

ByNicFlemingHOWcanyoutellwhetherthecodonsaleinyourlocalmarketwaslegallycaughtfromasustainablesource?Fornow

2019-03-07 05:03:02

NASA floats Titan boat concept

ByDavidShiga(Image:NASA/JPL/USGS)Noonehaseverfloatedaboatonanotherworld

2019-03-07 05:02:04

Saturn moon's atmosphere forged by comet impacts

THEuniqueatmosphereofSaturn’smoonTitancouldhavebeencreatedbycometsblastinggasesoutofitsicycrust.Titanistheonlymooninthesolarsystemwithmuchofanatmosphere

2019-03-07 05:02:02

Digital legacy: Amateur heroes of online heritage

BySumitPaul-ChoudhuryReadmore:“Foreveronline:Yourdigitallegacy“Howmuchdoesitcosttokeepanation’sheritageonline?“ThepriceofacupofStarbuckscoffee

2019-03-07 04:02:06

Easily distracted people may have too much brain

ByJessicaHamzelouThosewhoareeasilydistractedfromthetaskinhandmayhave“toomuchbrain”.SosaysRyotaKanaiandhiscolleaguesatUniversityCollegeLondon

2019-03-07 04:01:16

Japan closes 'kamikaze' coastal nuclear plant

Readmore:Clickheretoreadtheoriginal

2019-03-07 03:17:10

Digital legacy: Teaching the net to forget

BySumitPaul-ChoudhuryReadmore:“Foreveronline:Yourdigitallegacy““Theinternet’snotwritteninpencil

2019-03-07 03:04:17

Arsonist falcons suggest birds discovered fire before humans did

AuscapeInternationalPtyLtd/AlamyStockPhotoByAndyCoghlanSomebirdsofpreyhavelearnedtocontrolfire

2019-03-07 02:06:03

Heat up tumours to back up cancer therapy

ByFerrisJabrItturnsoutsomecancerscan’tstandtheheat.Althoughstudieshaveshownthatheatingtumoursfacilitateschemotherapyandradiationtherapy

2019-03-07 01:19:08

People with diabetes seem to be protected against migraine

ConeylJay/SPL/GettyByJessicaHamzelouAhugestudyofthepopulationofNorwayhasfoundthatpeoplewhoarebeingtreatedfordiabetesarelesslikelytobetreatedformigraines.Thefindingsuggeststhatsomethingaboutdiabetes–or

2019-03-07 01:16:13

Photo competition: Migration

ByKatAustenKeeponmovin’on.Thismonth’sphotocompetition’sthemeismigration.Youmaybeinspiredbybirdsflocking

2019-03-07 01:12:11

First evidence that gorillas pass on traditions

CHIMPSandorang-utansarewellknownfortheirabilitytodeveloptool-usingtricksandtransmitthesewithintheirsocialgroups.Butbecausegorillasarecomparativelypoorlystudied

2019-03-07 01:07:09

Ghostly nebulae show mysterious alignment

ByStephenBattersbyFileunder“unexplainedphenomena”:elongatednebulaeintheMilkyWay’scentreseemtolieparalleltotheplaneofthegalacticdisc

2019-03-07 01:04:11

Gas drilling contaminates drinking water

BySujataGuptaDrillingforshalegasmayposeasafetyhazardiftherearewaterwellsnearby.Butthecontroversialuseof“fracking”doesnotappeartobeasafetyriskasregardswatercontamination.Overthepastdecade