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Next rover will pull oxygen from Martian air

4 hours 28 min ago
NASA's Mars 2020 rover will be bristling with new gadgets, including a camera with zoom, an enhanced laser, and equipment for turning CO2 into oxygen

Ghost of the cloud forest: Seeking the white possum

4 hours 31 min ago
Jo Chandler enters Australia's lost world of species marooned by evolution to meet one of its rarest, a creature uniquely vulnerable to climate change (full text available to subscribers)

Dinosaurs shrank for 50 million years to become birds

5 hours 31 min ago
The meat-eating theropod dinosaurs shrank 12 times in a row, going from over 200 kilograms to less than a kilogram, until they were small enough to fly

How close are we to having a drug to treat Ebola?

5 hours 53 min ago
As the Ebola virus death toll rises in West Africa, New Scientist rounds up the best contenders for treatments and vaccines

Rainbow slinky offers a way into Schrödinger's box

6 hours 14 min ago
This wiry mass proves for the first time that we can predict the most likely way in which a quantum system will collapse – and perhaps, one day, control it

Comet mission must not keep space fans in the dark

6 hours 34 min ago
The European Space Agency should change tack and not sit on pictures from a pioneering mission to a comet, says space science writer Daniel Fischer

Detergent treatment turns a mouse see-through

7 hours 16 min ago
Using a combination of chemicals, researchers are able to look inside and through a whole animal for the first time

The secret system controlling your Facebook News Feed

9 hours 31 min ago
No one really knows exactly how Facebook decides what we see when we log in. Reverse-engineering the algorithm behind it could help us find out

Anti-vaccine movement turns on vit K shots for babies

10 hours 31 min ago
The health of infants is being put at risk as anti-vaccine groups discourage uptake of vitamin K for newborns, says Amanda Marcott

Zoologger: Octopus mum broods for record-breaking time

12 hours 1 min ago
A deep-sea octopus was seen brooding her eggs for four and a half years without a break to eat – the longest brooding period of any animal

When NASA space crews play make believe

12 hours 33 min ago
Two simulated trips to space, on a Hawaiian volcano and underwater off Florida, have just ended. What do these fake expeditions help astronauts learn?

Heart attack on a plate? The truth about saturated fat

30 July 2014 - 3:00pm
After decades of health warnings, the idea that steak, cheese and lard are bad for your heart is melting away. The truth is more complex – and delicious (full text available to subscribers)

First video of a ghostly white shrimp-like sea monster

30 July 2014 - 2:00pm
The world's largest amphipod has been caught on film for the first time – and even if you love shrimp, this critter may give you nightmares

Driverless cars could be on UK streets in six months

30 July 2014 - 1:08pm
Business secretary Vince Cable announced today that the law is to be changed to allow self-piloting cars, like Google's, on Britain's roads by January 2015

Leaving Earth made the moon lemon-shaped

30 July 2014 - 1:00pm
The moon has odd lemon-like bulges on each side. A new model shows they were caused by the pull of Earth's gravity when the moon was young

Pigeon paradox reveals quantum cosmic connections

30 July 2014 - 1:00pm
A thought experiment has exposed a new kind of quantum link that could connect every particle in the universe, all the time

Today on New Scientist

30 July 2014 - 12:36pm
All the latest on fracking in national parks, a search for genetic superheroes, rogue wave disasters, killer sperm and more

Iron supplements in nano form are gentler on gut

30 July 2014 - 10:23am
Iron supplements can play havoc with your gut. A small trial suggests that making the supplement out of nanoparticles relieves this problem

Brazil bans catfish fishery that used dolphins as bait

30 July 2014 - 10:09am
To catch piracatinga, fishermen cut up river dolphins for lures. Now the government has banned the fishery, turning to genetics to enforce the law

Face tester can predict how you will judge a face

30 July 2014 - 9:56am
A novel computer model can predict how we will judge a person's character based on their looks. The work could help make avatars more human-like