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Rhyme and reason: Writing poems in computer code

17 December 2014 - 4:00pm
Beyoncé's tweets as sacred text, error messages that tell a tragic tale and the looping program of a failing relationship: we parse a new literary phenomenon (full text available to subscribers)






Giant robotic insect takes its first steps

17 December 2014 - 2:30pm
A six-legged robot that moves its legs independently can walk over obstacles and rough terrain






#RosettaWatch: Comet lander could wake up next year

17 December 2014 - 2:02pm
The Philae lander is getting enough sunlight to keep warm, team members say, and the Rosetta spacecraft may have already taken pictures of its landing spot






Today on New Scientist

17 December 2014 - 1:30pm
All the latest on newscientist.com: block rockin' beasts, evolution, asteroid soil for space farms, sexology, tsunami shield, Martian methane burps and more






Star's flying visit could fling comets at Earth

17 December 2014 - 1:16pm
It might not happen for a quarter of a million years, but a nearby star coming closer to the sun could send planetary remnants hurtling to Earth






Mangrove forest planted as tsunami shield

17 December 2014 - 12:00pm
The 2004 tsunami killed 227,000 people in Indonesia. Fred Pearce visits Aceh to see the living coastal defences meant to soak up the energy of future waves






Not again! First ever case of anxiety-induced déjà vu

17 December 2014 - 11:00am
A 23-year-old man is the first person to report a feeling of persistent déjà vu that seems to be triggered by anxiety rather than a neurological condition






Smart shoes with lasers make strides in mobility

17 December 2014 - 8:00am
Adding laser tips to ordinary shoes can improve the stride and pace of people with Parkinson's disease






DIY device to define the kilogram – using Lego

17 December 2014 - 6:00am
Just in time for Christmas, instructions for a Lego watt balance, which can fix the official value of the kilogram, have been published






How to think about… Evolution

16 December 2014 - 11:00pm
Evolution is all about making freaks normal – but it doesn't always involve natural selection and the survival of the fittest (full text available to subscribers)






Thought control makes robot arm grab and move objects

16 December 2014 - 8:01pm
By analysing brain activity linked to hand and arm movements, a team has created a robotic arm that a paralysed woman can control with her thoughts






Machine assistants learn to run your schedule

16 December 2014 - 5:00pm
Got a busy calendar? Let AI assistants set your meetings for you and suggest friends for you to interact with






Asteroid soil could fertilise farms in space

16 December 2014 - 4:30pm
We can now grow plants in microgravity – and crops grown in asteroid soil could sustain vast human populations off-planet






Born to dance: The animals with natural rhythm

16 December 2014 - 4:00pm
Dogs and ducks are duds on the dance floor. So how come cockatoos and sea lions can move to a beat, and what does that tell us about our own musicality? (full text available to subscribers)






Table-top 'mini-LHC' ramps up to record energy

16 December 2014 - 3:30pm
A laser-driven particle accelerator just 9 centimetres long is gearing up to rival heavyweights like the Large Hadron Collider






Is sexology just too human to study?

16 December 2014 - 3:00pm
Can we hope to study something as human as sex in any scientific way? A new exhibition and two books leave plenty of room for doubt






Curiosity rover detects Martian methane burps

16 December 2014 - 2:30pm
NASA's Mars rover has sniffed out short-lived bursts of methane, but whether it's Martian life or just a geological by-product is still unclear






'This is our policy': New Scientist after 3000 issues

16 December 2014 - 2:00pm
A lot has changed in science, and science journalism, over the past 58 years – but our responsibilities remain the same






Today on New Scientist

16 December 2014 - 1:30pm
All the latest on newscientist.com: bespoke cancer drugs in a day, climate change and Christmas trees, vacant graphics, mountain sculpting and more






How to think about… Relativity

16 December 2014 - 12:00pm
It's been called the greatest theory ever devised – we explain it using two spaceships, two clocks and a black hole (full text available to subscribers)