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Pearls of wisdom: The truth behind common sayings

11 hours 56 min ago
A watched pot never boils and the early bird does catch the worm, but you can teach old dogs new tricks (full text available to subscribers)






FBI says North Korea hacked Sony – what's the proof?

13 hours 42 min ago
The FBI says North Korea forced Sony to cancel the release of Seth Rogan's film The Interview. But security experts are sceptical






Birds build snow tunnels for fun

13 hours 50 min ago
Groups of common redpolls seem to be having fun while burrowing in the snow, but the behaviour may also help them survive in the Arctic






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14 hours 26 min ago
All the latest on newscientist.com: alien contact, weird sea ghost, Euro-GM rules, Antarctic tourism and more






Antarctic tourism may pose disease threat to penguins

15 hours 39 min ago
The Antarctic's blossoming tourist industry and warming climate could be placing penguins at greater risk of infectious diseases






Acid bath stem-cell scientist can't reproduce results

16 hours 22 min ago
Haruko Obokata, at the Riken Institute in Kobe, Japan, admitted she could not reproduce evidence of the existence of STAP cells after an eight month investigation






Europe set to allow individual nations to ban GM crops

19 hours 26 min ago
Proposed new rules would let member states of the European Union ban genetically modified crops on their soil even if the EU has approved the crops






Feedback: A gramophone news service

19 hours 56 min ago
Prefiguration in Budapest, call us on the Telephonoscope, the round globe is a vast head and more (full text available to subscribers)






Europa's geysers disappear in a cloud of mystery

20 hours 22 min ago
Plumes of water from Jupiter's moon Europa have not reappeared since their discovery – and evidence now suggests they may not have existed to begin with






Weird sea ghost breaks record for deepest living fish

December 18, 2014 - 7:00pm
A newly discovered species with a bizarre body has been spotted deeper down than any other living fish






How to think about… Alien contact

December 18, 2014 - 12:00pm
First, try not to think about what alien life might be like. Then wonder whether we have any chance of finding it (full text available to subscribers)






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December 18, 2014 - 9:30am
All the latest on newscientist.com: poems in computer code, giant robot insect, artificial stupidity worse than AI, first Philae snaps and more

#Rosettawatch: first snaps of Philae's arrival on 67P

December 18, 2014 - 7:57am
This first photo by ESA's Philae lander after its touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a warning sign that things hadn't gone to plan






Plant extract trumps nicotine patches to quit smoking

December 18, 2014 - 7:52am
For decades, smokers in eastern Europe have used cytisine from laburnum trees to help them quit. Good results in a new trial could make cytisine much more popular






Fear artificial stupidity, not artificial intelligence

December 18, 2014 - 4:17am
Stephen Hawking thinks computers may surpass human intelligence and take over the world. We won't ever be silicon slaves, insists an AI expert






Multitalented giant clams keep corals reefs healthy

December 18, 2014 - 3:45am
The molluscs provide homes, safety, privacy and food to many creatures, which makes it all the more important to stop their decline






Rhyme and reason: Writing poems in computer code

December 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
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

December 17, 2014 - 10:30am
A six-legged robot that moves its legs independently can walk over obstacles and rough terrain






#RosettaWatch: Comet lander could wake up next year

December 17, 2014 - 10:02am
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






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December 17, 2014 - 9:30am
All the latest on newscientist.com: block rockin' beasts, evolution, asteroid soil for space farms, sexology, tsunami shield, Martian methane burps and more