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Give forests to local people to preserve them

23 July 2014 - 8:00pm
The best way to protect forests, and the carbon they contain that could otherwise cause global warming, is to hand them over to local communities






Quantum split: Particle this way, properties that way

23 July 2014 - 3:00pm
Can you separate a bell from its ring? You can in the quantum world – the Cheshire cat experiment has shown neutrons splitting from their spins (full text available to subscribers)






Baxter the robot brings his gentle touch to novel jobs

23 July 2014 - 1:30pm
A robot designed to work alongside humans in factories is finding a range of unusual alternative applications – from treating patients to farming in space






An easier way to turn plant scraps to plastics

23 July 2014 - 1:05pm
A new way of turning vegetable waste directly into bioplastics could make such materials even more environmentally friendly






Oxygen oasis for early life found in ancient rock

23 July 2014 - 1:00pm
A 2-billion-year-old rock has revealed the first evidence of the isolated pockets where oxygen-breathing life may have evolved

Worm neuron hack to probe the mysteries of our brains

23 July 2014 - 1:00pm
Hijacking how neurons of nematode worms are wired is the first step in an approach that could revolutionise our understanding of brains and consciousness






Today on New Scientist

23 July 2014 - 12:30pm
All the latest on newscientist.com: turning CO2 to stone, one woman and her hawk, alcohol sharpens smell, liquid computers and more






Tragic cruise ship Concordia makes its final journey

23 July 2014 - 11:58am
After the world's most expensive salvage operation, the ill-fated Costa Concordia is being floated back to Genoa, where it will be chopped up for scrap metal






Kinect projector guides people up a climbing wall

23 July 2014 - 11:18am
Smart projector plots glowing climbing routes onto a wall and tracks the movement of climbers as they follow it, suggesting the next move as they go






Liquid bits could brim with data in future computers

23 July 2014 - 10:42am
A future form of computing could see information stored on clusters of microscopic particles suspended in liquid






Threatwatch: Chikungunya virus hits the US and Europe

23 July 2014 - 9:00am
Locally acquired cases of chikungunya virus have been identified in the US for the first time, while cases soar in Europe and Central America






Zoologger: Moose dribble turns off grass's toxic defences

23 July 2014 - 8:13am
The grasses that moose eat contain fungi that make powerful toxins, but the animals' saliva somehow turns off this defence response






Brazil to unleash GM-mosquito swarms to fight dengue

23 July 2014 - 5:34am
Modified mozzies will be raised and released on a commercial scale for the first time, but critics warn that this biotech has not been sufficiently tested






We've locked up carbon dioxide by turning it to stone

22 July 2014 - 3:00pm
How can we get rid of excess CO2? Geologist Juerg Matter knows how to stash it in rock so it can't leak out again – the next step is to go big (full text available to subscribers)






A bird in the hand: The tale of one woman and her hawk

22 July 2014 - 2:00pm
This pulse-quickening story of a woman's obsession with training a female goshawk makes H is for Hawk a modern classic in a nature-writing renaissance






Alcohol improves your sense of smell - in moderation

22 July 2014 - 1:04pm
Low levels of alcohol can improve your ability to discriminate between different odours, but be warned, the effect is reversed if you drink too much






Today on New Scientist

22 July 2014 - 12:30pm
All the latest on newscientist.com: seaweed farms of the future, cyclist in drag act, PTSD for Gaza's children, archaeology of human networks, and more






Latest HIV 'cure' claims prompt calls for more caution

22 July 2014 - 11:32am
Bone marrow grafts have helped both patients stay all but virus-free for three years. But the disease has come back before in others, and a simpler treatment is needed






Gaza conflict will traumatise a generation of children

22 July 2014 - 10:36am
Besides the death toll and obvious physical damage, Israel's attacks will leave many of Gaza's surviving children with post-traumatic stress disorder






Lasers make fibre optic tubes out of thin air

22 July 2014 - 9:16am
Corralling light using laser-heated air can let you send signals vast distances without the light getting lost. It could be used to detect explosives at a distance