The LADEE killers: NASA ready to crash probe into moon

TODAY:  22:24 04 April 2014

The LADEE spacecraft will intentionally smash into the far side of the moon, and NASA wants you to help guess when and where the lunar probe will fall

Best dark matter signal yet hints at heftier particles

TODAY:  19:23 04 April 2014

Gamma rays from the Milky Way's middle are increasingly likely to be signs of dark matter, and hints of the same signal from dwarf galaxies boost the case

Push-button orgasm isn't worth $6 million to medicine

TODAY:  18:16 04 April 2014

The doctor who discovered that a spinal implant meant for pain relief can also trigger orgasms says that we are unlikely to see an orgasmatron any time soon

NASA's Russia boycott may revitalise US space leadership

COMMENT:  18:03 04 April 2014

Cooling NASA-Russia ties is a familiar political game, but it may spark talk on reasserting US leadership in space, says security expert Joan Johnson-Freese

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DAILY ROUND-UP:  17:30 04 April 2014

All the latest on lost human species, doctor woven into your clothes, Lake Superior on Saturnian moon, China's ancient coal use and more

Smoky mass map weighs fat ancient galaxy cluster

PICTURE OF THE DAY:  17:11 04 April 2014

It's not something in your eye. It's not smoke from a late-night barbecue. You're looking at a map of the most massive ancient galaxy cluster ever seen

Zoologger: The blind fish that sucks it and 'sees'

TODAY:  16:49 04 April 2014

For a creature with no eyes, the Mexican blind cavefish is surprisingly nimble, thanks to a unique navigation system based on the ability to suck

Feedback: Stuff in its place

FEEDBACK:  12:00 04 April 2014

The German for recycling, the small print of virtue, do data do that and more

Spike in smog raises questions over UK's air

BRIEFING:  05:00 04 April 2014

In the wake of the severe smog that struck south-east England, New Scientist asks how harmful it is likely to be and whether it will recur

Coal fuelled China long before industrial revolution

THIS WEEK:  02:00 04 April 2014

China may have been burning coal regularly as long as 3500 years ago, according to rare archaeological evidence found in the north of the country

Clothes with hidden sensors act as an always-on doctor

NEWS:  21:00 03 April 2014

Everyday clothes with invisible sensors woven in can monitor your vital signs. Future designs could tell you – or your doctor – when something is amiss

Denisovans: The lost humans who shared our world

FEATURE:  20:00 03 April 2014

They lived on the planet with us for most of our history, yet until six years ago we didn't know they existed. Meet the species rewriting human evolution

Irrepressible robot roo bounces on flexible blades Movie Camera

PICTURE OF THE DAY:  19:32 03 April 2014

A robotic kangaroo controlled by an armband uses elastic springs to bounce just like the real thing

Muscle paralysis eased by light-sensitive stem cells Movie Camera

TODAY:  19:00 03 April 2014

Stimulating neurons with light can restore movement to paralysed mouse muscles – a step towards using "optogenetic" approaches to treat nerve disorders

Buried 'Lake Superior' seen on Saturn's moon Enceladus

TODAY:  19:00 03 April 2014

Gravity readings suggest that the jets Enceladus spits out come from a deep ocean in contact with a rocky core, raising hopes that the moon hosts life

Redesigned crops could produce far more fuel

TODAY:  19:00 03 April 2014

A genetic tweak has made it far easier to unlock the valuable chemicals held inside plants. It could lead to more environmentally friendly biofuels

Muddled impartiality is still harming climate coverage

COMMENT:  17:31 03 April 2014

Amid the strongest evidence yet that humans have changed the climate, media reporting is giving sceptics too much of a free rein, says Bob Ward

Today on New Scientist

DAILY ROUND-UP:  17:30 03 April 2014

All the latest on infiltrating bacteria's walled cities, brain map, Google Glass hackathon, Shroud of Turin, supernova spawn and more

Radioactive waste used to peek inside a star explosion

THIS WEEK:  16:00 03 April 2014

Scrap from an old particle accelerator helps solve riddle of how chemical elements are created in supernovae

UN's safe drinking water target was never really met

TODAY:  12:50 03 April 2014

Two years ago we achieved the Millennium Development Goal of giving millions more people access to safe drinking water. It seems it never really happened


Gunshot victims to be suspended between life and death

No heartbeat, no hope? <i>(Image: A. Reinke/Plainpicture)</i>

Doctors will try to save the lives of 10 patients with knife or gunshot wounds by placing them in suspended animation, buying time to fix their injuries
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Metal-eating plants could mine riches through roots

Plants that absorb metals from the soil could clean up old mines and allow farmers to harvest valuable resources without ruining the environment still more
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How the upright ape conquered the world

Some 6 million years ago we split from a common ancestor with chimps. Our interactive map shows what fossil finds have told us about the hominin species that spread far and wide – and became us
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Smoky mass map weighs fat ancient galaxy cluster

It's not something in your eye. It's not smoke from a late-night barbecue. You're looking at a map of the most massive ancient galaxy cluster ever seen
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The invisible issue: The world as you don't see it

There's more to your world than meets the eye: either it’s too small, too big, the wrong wavelength or your mind hides it. New Scientist reveals all
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Older and wiser: we get better at ignoring what we don’t need to know <i>(Image: Plainpicture/Mylène Blanc)</i>

Why our brains work better with age

Cognitive decline is a myth, say Michael Ramscar and Harald Baayen. The research behind the idea uses flawed models of how we learn in the real world
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A £200 million fund is open to departments that improve equality <i>(Image: Susanne Kronholm/plainpicture/Johner)</i>

Rewards help institutions focus on gender inequality

Offering funding only to research institutes that tackle gender inequality is the latest idea to level the playing field for women in science. Is it working?
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