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Next rover will pull oxygen from Martian air

July 31, 2014 - 12:03pm
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

July 31, 2014 - 12:00pm
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

July 31, 2014 - 11:00am
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?

July 31, 2014 - 10:38am
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

July 31, 2014 - 10:17am
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

July 31, 2014 - 9:57am
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

July 31, 2014 - 9:15am
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

July 31, 2014 - 7:00am
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

July 31, 2014 - 6:00am
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

July 31, 2014 - 4:30am
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

July 31, 2014 - 3:58am
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

July 30, 2014 - 12:00pm
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

July 30, 2014 - 11:00am
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

July 30, 2014 - 10:08am
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

July 30, 2014 - 10:00am
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

July 30, 2014 - 10:00am
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

July 30, 2014 - 9:36am
All the latest on newscientist.com: 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

July 30, 2014 - 7:23am
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

July 30, 2014 - 7:09am
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

July 30, 2014 - 6:56am
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