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Guilty pleasures: Which bad habits can you get away with?

10 hours 45 min ago
Drinking, lying, flying – we know they're bad. Or are they? New Scientist looks at the indulgences we can get away with… and those we can’t







Record smashed at LHC as machine limbers up for its second run

11 hours 19 min ago
CERN's recently restarted Large Hadron Collider has collided two proton beams at a record energy of 13 teraelectronvolts, meaning experiments are about to resume







New Ugandan radio stations run on sun, smartphones and buckets

13 hours 19 min ago
Bare-bones radio stations, which use smartphones as their DJ booths, are setting information free in rural Uganda







Spacecraft built from graphene could run on nothing but sunlight

14 hours 19 min ago
An accidental discovery shows that shining lasers on a form of graphene makes it move forwards, a find that could lead to better solar-powered spacecraft







Dust from asteroid mining spells danger for satellites

27 May 2015 - 5:00pm
Both NASA and private firms want to drag resource-rich asteroids closer to home to mine them, but that could stir up dust that could collide with satellites







Machines are about to start making their own beautiful music

27 May 2015 - 4:00pm
Synthesised music can sound flat and lifeless, but using AI to analyse how humans play could let computers produce creative interpretations of any score (full text available to subscribers)







CSI Stone Age: was 430,000-year-old hominin murdered?

27 May 2015 - 2:00pm
Forensic scientists have identified the earliest clear case of human-on-human violence. The victim, found in northern Spain, died after blows to the head







New species of early human was Lucy's neighbour in Africa

27 May 2015 - 1:00pm
Fossils of a new species of Australopithecus have been found near the site of Lucy's species, Australopithecus afarensis, suggesting the two species interacted







Brain implant that decodes intention will let us probe free will

27 May 2015 - 1:00pm
Designed to give paralysed people more independence, the implant also lets us see if brain activity can show a person's decisions – before they realise they've made any







'Vaccine' stops mice feeling stress – but should people take it?

27 May 2015 - 12:00pm
The possibility of popping a pill before a stressful event to protect you from the consequences is a step closer after ketamine was found to do just that in mice (full text available to subscribers)







Galapagos volcano sets the night sky ablaze

27 May 2015 - 11:48am
An eruption this week on the Galapagos islands threatened the region's iconic wildlife – but it now seems to be in the clearincluding the world's only population of pink iguana







Mystery disease claims half world population of saiga antelopes

27 May 2015 - 11:42am
Up to 120,000 animals are feared dead in central Kazakhstan, and still the cause is not known. Vets are investigating three main possibilities







Wild weather across US and Mexico a sign of El Niño's return

27 May 2015 - 5:53am
Storms and other extreme weather in Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska could be the first signs that climate's bad boy is back with a vengeance







Mission to Europa will test Jupiter moon's friendliness to life

26 May 2015 - 3:17pm
NASA has announced the instruments for its next mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa, one of the solar system's best candidates for hosting life







Fetal cells injected into a man's brain to cure his Parkinson's

26 May 2015 - 3:00pm
An experimental Parkinson's treatment abandoned in the 1990s has been revived – and could restore a person's control of their movement within five years







4 sinister threats that loom for the cashless society

26 May 2015 - 12:00pm
Increasing reliance on electronic payment creates dangers for consumer protection, privacy, political interference and competition, says Jem Bendell (full text available to subscribers)







Good looking: Keep moving if you want to keep seeing

26 May 2015 - 10:00am
One of the many benefits of exercising is that it helps to protect against various forms of blindness as we get older (full text available to subscribers)







After ISIS storms Palmyra, race is on to log global heritage

26 May 2015 - 8:30am
Ancient buildings are sitting ducks in war. But efforts are growing to preserve them digitally in case disaster strikes, says Emma Cunliffe







Life at Faulty Towers carries on despite being deep underwater

26 May 2015 - 7:00am
More than 2 kilometres underwater, this towering array of natural chimneys, known as black smokers, spews out mineral-rich superheated water, nurturing life







We must put the brakes on glaciers to stop the seas rising

25 May 2015 - 3:00pm
The public may balk at geoengineering, but we've got to think boldly if we're going to protect our coasts, says glaciologist Slawek Tulaczyk (full text available to subscribers)