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Your phone is constantly betraying you

4 July 2015 - 1:00pm
Chances are, your smartphone is broadcasting sensitive data to the world, says Glenn Wilkinson, who hacks people's phones to demonstrate the risk (full text available to subscribers)

A welcome dose of environmental optimism

4 July 2015 - 9:00am
From rainforest revival and green technology to social changes, the age of humans is not necessarily a one-way ticket to eco-disaster, argue three new books

Black Sheep: Why being bad isn't all bad

3 July 2015 - 2:00pm
From swearing to skiving or getting drunk, breaking the rules has lots of upsides, as a wide-ranging new book explains

Rider in the sky stars in first cloud movie

3 July 2015 - 1:16pm
Eadweard Muybridge's famous galloping horses are projected directly onto clouds from an aircraft in ground-breaking art installation

Forget the white/blue dress, is this seaweed blue or red?

3 July 2015 - 12:57pm
Close-up views of this red alga show how it gets its iridescence and changes colour in the water

Winning formula reveals if your team is too far ahead to lose

3 July 2015 - 11:44am
An analysis of over a million games predicts whether the leading side can be overtaken before the match ends

Lazy ants sit around doing nothing while their nest mates work

3 July 2015 - 9:40am
Some ants are much lazier than others – in fact, they make a career out of it. But maybe they are more than just freeloaders

Your brain wrinkles like a screwed-up ball of paper

3 July 2015 - 7:15am
The same forces that govern a scrunched-up piece of paper can explain the numbers of folds and grooves in human, pig, elephant and rat brains

Feedback: Tabloids for androids

3 July 2015 - 7:00am
Plus casual relationships, bittersweet news about chocolate, artisanal lightbulbs and more (full text available to subscribers)

Ocean-going spiders can use their legs to windsurf across water

2 July 2015 - 8:00pm
Many common spider species orient their arms and bodies into sails and their silk into anchors, allowing them to catch a breeze and sail on water

Gene therapy works in cystic fibrosis for the first time

2 July 2015 - 7:01pm
A technique that compensates for the faulty gene in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis improves lung power – and may lead to similar approaches for other lung conditions

Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson records the advance of our robot overlords

2 July 2015 - 4:00pm
An exhibition asks hard questions of the relationship between humans and machines

The cancer sniffers: Dogs could be the best tool for diagnosis

2 July 2015 - 2:00pm
Anecdotes of dogs that can sniff out cancer have been doing the rounds for years, and now the urban legend is being subjected to scientific scrutiny (full text available to subscribers)

Everything's coming up roses after scent gene is found

2 July 2015 - 2:00pm
The discovery of a gene responsible for fragrance could help restore the sweet smell accidentally bred out of roses cultivated for the cut-flower market

Chasing Pluto's shadow in a Boeing 747

2 July 2015 - 1:30pm
Earlier this week, Govert Schilling took a flight like no other: cruising over the South Pacific to witness an unusual astronomical event

Best-ever images of Pluto reveal baffling pepperoni slices

2 July 2015 - 12:10pm
A line of dark spots across the dwarf planet's equator make it look like a pizza and have left researchers scratching their heads

Underwater farmers grow strawberries in balloon gardens

2 July 2015 - 12:06pm
Farmers no longer need land to grow crops. Unique greenhouses are providing an underwater alternative

Did humans do this? Mystery of weird Amazonian savannah solved

2 July 2015 - 6:00am
What is a vast grassland doing in the middle of the world's largest rainforest? The answer has won respect for the fire-starting ways of indigenous people

Chronic fatigue breakthrough offers hope for millions

2 July 2015 - 3:00am
Misunderstood and neglected for more than 25 years, there is suddenly new hope for people diagnosed with what was once cruelly called "yuppy flu"

Hoped-for dark matter flash might instead be the corpses of stars

1 July 2015 - 5:00pm
A supposed dark matter signal from the centre of the galaxy is looking more and more like mundane astrophysics rather than exotic particles