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Legalise online protests to safeguard democracy

10 hours 2 min ago
Internet law needs reform, because criminalising online activism undermines democracy and freedom of speech, says media researcher Molly Sauter

African baby turtles start life with a 24-hour swimathon

October 24, 2014 - 11:30am
Loggerhead turtles from Cape Verde complete an epic sprint before they turn into chilled-out turtle surfers, like the ones in Finding Nemo

Biological litmus paper detects Ebola strains

October 24, 2014 - 10:30am
Litmus paper embedded with DNA from jellyfish and other organisms has the potential to identify any biological molecule – changing how infections are diagnosed

Asteroid miners to launch first private space telescope

October 24, 2014 - 10:00am
Private company Planetary Resources, which one day hopes to mine asteroids, is preparing to launch a prototype of a telescope designed to find them

Today on New Scientist

October 24, 2014 - 9:30am
All the latest on humanity's next 1000 years, future Ebola explosions, slumdog mapmakers, seeing brain chatter, Interstellar and more

Cutting off the Ebola zone would be a mistake

October 24, 2014 - 9:30am
Travel bans aren't the answer: distancing ourselves from countries and people afflicted with Ebola could prove tragic for the world

Zoologger: Extreme nomad scrambles for shrimp bonanza

October 24, 2014 - 9:00am
Australia's banded stilts sense distant rains and then fly more than 2000 kilometres to find a bonanza of freshly hatched shrimp

Slumdog mapmakers fill in the urban blanks

October 24, 2014 - 8:30am
The Missing Maps initiative aims to chart slums around the world as a way of fighting disease outbreaks and hastening development

Future scenarios show how easily Ebola could explode

October 24, 2014 - 7:24am
The first model to explore how healthcare efforts affect Ebola's final toll suggests cases could hit 700,000, but may reach many millions if efforts falter

Comet stinks of rotten eggs and cat wee, finds Rosetta

October 24, 2014 - 6:00am
Data from the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe reveals that eau de comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko smells awful – but that's good news

Feedback: Indemnifies and holds harmless

October 24, 2014 - 5:30am
Terms and conditions refused, I hereby assign my first-born, watch don't need no education and more (full text available to subscribers)

EU emissions target isn't as ambitious as it seems

October 24, 2014 - 5:30am
The European Union's agreement to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 sounds impressive, but we're halfway to that already

Global agency needed for battling infectious diseases

October 24, 2014 - 4:50am
Ebola underlines the urgent need for a new way of responding to global epidemics, say Harvey Rubin and Nicholas Saidel

Transformers: Humanity's next 1000 years

October 23, 2014 - 12:00pm
Eternal health, brain uploads, the end of privacy… with technological innovations coming at breakneck speed, how will they affect our evolution? (full text available to subscribers)

Drop into the Interstellar wormhole with Oculus Rift

October 23, 2014 - 10:00am
An Oculus Rift headset puts you onto the ship piloted by Matthew McConaughey in the new science fiction blockbuster, Interstellar

This is what brain cell conversations look like

October 23, 2014 - 9:50am
Modifying neurons to flash as electrical impulses pass along them lets researchers grow light-up brains in a dish and eavesdrop on their chatter

Historic quantum software is run for the first time

October 23, 2014 - 9:42am
Written 20 years ago, the first algorithm to tap into the ultra-fast potential of quantum computing has been run on a real machine at long last

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October 23, 2014 - 9:30am
All the latest on 10 revolutions that made us human, personal helicopters on sale in two years, making babies with Neanderthals and more

Churning galaxy boasts a fiery halo of baby stars

October 23, 2014 - 7:51am
The suburbs are where it's at – a baby boom on the outskirts of a distant galaxy is setting its swirly arms aflame

'Missing' disaster led to all-time worst extinction

October 23, 2014 - 6:53am
There were thought to be five mass extinctions in Earth history. Fossil evidence is now pointing to a sixth – and it's not the human-made Anthropocene