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Goodbye, paper: What we miss when we read on screen

29 October 2014 - 4:00pm
Digital technology is transforming the way we read and write. Is it changing our minds too – and if so, for better or worse? (full text available to subscribers)






Computers are learning to see the world like we do

29 October 2014 - 3:12pm
It is surprisingly difficult to build computers that can recognise the many different objects we see every day, but they are getting better all the time






Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice

29 October 2014 - 2:00pm
As you read this, your neurons are firing – that brain activity can now be decoded to reveal the silent words in your head






Today on New Scientist

29 October 2014 - 1:30pm
All the latest on newscientist.com: the great sea otter comeback, cold moon with a warm heart, milk and broken bones, tribal lessons, overpopulation and more






Seabed feeding frenzy proves dead jellyfish get eaten

29 October 2014 - 1:30pm
Time-lapse imagery of scavengers tucking in proves that dead jellyfish aren't unpalatable after all, so can return nutrients to the sea's food webs






Computer with human-like learning will program itself

29 October 2014 - 1:09pm
The Neural Turing Machine will combine the best of number-crunching with the human-like adaptability of neural networks – so it can invent its own programs






Cargo rocket explosion is a blow for commercial space

29 October 2014 - 1:05pm
No one was hurt when the uncrewed Orbital Sciences spacecraft blew up seconds after take-off – but has the reputation of private shuttles been injured?






Cellular alchemy turns skin cells into brain cells

29 October 2014 - 1:00pm
To turn one cell into another you usually need to first rewind them into embryonic-like stem cells. But there is another, potentially safer, way






Trap cells in sound to create strong cartilage

29 October 2014 - 12:23pm
Ultrasound waves can be used to trap cartilage cells and bind them into sheets that can be easily grafted on to damaged tissue






Number of disease outbreaks jumps fourfold since 1980

29 October 2014 - 9:41am
In the past 30 years, the number of disease outbreaks has increased, as has the number of diseases causing them – infections from animals are a big cause






A killer plague wouldn't save the planet from us

29 October 2014 - 8:30am
One-child policies and plagues that cut the population won't be enough to fix our ecological problems, models suggest. Only changes in consumption will do that






Coming face to face with a shy thresher shark

29 October 2014 - 8:00am
Meeting sharks can be a moving experience, says photographer Jean-Marie Ghislain, who works to educate people on the plight of sharks around the world






What one Amazonian tribe teaches us

29 October 2014 - 6:00am
From female suicide to the nature of being civilised, probing tribal life in the 21st century needs an unflinching, critical eye






Guzzling milk might boost your risk of breaking bones

28 October 2014 - 7:30pm
A study of more than 100,000 Swedes has revealed that drinking a lot of milk is associated with an increased risk of bone fractures and death






The comeback cubs: The great sea otter invasion

28 October 2014 - 4:00pm
After being nearly wiped out a century ago, the sea otter population in Canada is booming. But not everyone is glad to welcome them back (full text available to subscribers)






Cold moon Enceladus has heart of warm fluff

28 October 2014 - 2:04pm
Known for shooting spectacular plumes of water into space, Saturn's tiny moon keeps warm thanks to a core that is slushy and soft rather than rock solid






Today on New Scientist

28 October 2014 - 1:30pm
All the latest stories on newscientist.com: giant solar flares, our 2D future, recruiting gut bacteria to fight cancer, holograms you can touch and more






Plan to save Great Barrier Reef doomed to failure

28 October 2014 - 1:04pm
The only targets set by the Australian government's plan to maintain the Great Barrier Reef are impossible to meet. It's doomed to fail say leading scientists






Virus recreated after 700 years in icy caribou poo

28 October 2014 - 9:46am
A plant virus found in a frozen time capsule left by a caribou has been recreated, and the born-again virus still has what it takes to infect plants






Massive flares erupt from largest sunspot in 25 years

28 October 2014 - 9:45am
A solar eruption on 26 October was the sixth large flare in a week, all emanating from a gigantic sunspot 10 times the diameter of Earth