New Scientist

Syndicate content New Scientist - Online news
New Scientist - Online news
Updated: 6 min 29 sec ago

Virtual Earth plays out fate of life on the planet

8 hours 40 min ago
The first computer model to simulate the interaction of life on Earth allows us to see how an infinite number of ecosystem changes affect the environment

Mini robot doctors that could swim in your bloodstream

9 hours 40 min ago
Robots that can be operated using magnetic fields could one day be injected into your body with the parts to make therapeutic devices

The coolest biology is under the microscope

11 hours 40 min ago
Almost everything important takes place in the microbial world, argues Nicholas Money in his lively but rather disorganised book The Amoeba in the Room

Asteroid strike map built from nuclear watchdog data

11 hours 49 min ago
The network that monitors for covert nuclear weapons testing helped detect 26 asteroids entering Earth's atmosphere since 2000 – this movie maps them

Helmet to offer tongue-in-cheek gadget control

16 hours 40 min ago
A device that senses tongue pressure through the cheek could allow motorcyclists and skiers to control their personal technology via their helmets

Stealthy surfaces make for psychedelic laser scanning

18 hours 40 min ago
Lidar 3D laser scanning sounds ultra-precise – but real-world noise and confusion turns Berlin's Oberbaum Bridge into an ecstatic vision

Blue skies on tap, whenever you need them

22 hours 40 min ago
A lighting system that combines white LEDs with nanoparticles can mimic a natural sunny day, even when the skies outside are grey and gloomy

Heritage plaque: Our ancestors' health read from teeth

April 21, 2014 - 1:00pm
Ancient microbial DNA on fossil teeth has opened a fresh window on our ancestors, revealing that civilisation has altered our mouth flora for the worse (full text available to subscribers)

Smallest subversive: Mathematical fight for our world

April 21, 2014 - 12:00pm
At stake in the fierce 17th-century debate over a mathematical concept was nothing less than our modern world, says Amir Alexander in Infinitesimal

Shakespeare: Unleashing a tempest in the brain

April 21, 2014 - 11:00am
The Bard's continuing appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of how the human mind works (full text available to subscribers)

Let me show you how to make your own glowing plant

April 21, 2014 - 10:00am
Kyle Taylor, a founder of Glowing Plant, splices firefly genes into plants and wants to demystify the process by showing you how to do it at home

Unclaimed bodies are anatomy's shameful inheritance

April 21, 2014 - 8:00am
Medical science must stop using the bodies of some of society's most vulnerable people for dissection, says anatomist Gareth Jones

Monkey mathematicians hint at brain's number perception

April 21, 2014 - 7:59am
Monkeys have been taught to add, giving the best evidence yet for primates' maths skills and offering a path towards solving how the brain encodes numbers

Mystery physics: What does the M in M-theory mean?

April 20, 2014 - 1:00pm
Some of the world's greatest physicists couldn't tell you why our leading theory of everything is labelled "M". Amanda Gefter hit the road to solve the mystery (full text available to subscribers)

Mississippi dams aren't to blame for flood risks

April 20, 2014 - 11:00am
Dams on the Mississippi river aren't swallowing the sandy sediment needed to build up the river's delta and protect nearby cities from flooding

Make graphene in your kitchen with soap and a blender

April 20, 2014 - 11:00am
A method for making large amounts of the wonder material graphene is so simple that it can be done with kitchen appliances and Fairy Liquid

When the internet dies, meet the meshnet that survives

April 19, 2014 - 11:00am
If a crisis throws everyone offline, getting reconnected can be tougher than it looks, finds Hal Hodson

Shakespeare: The godfather of modern medicine

April 19, 2014 - 9:00am
Epilepsy, psychiatric breakdown, sleep disorders – for all the crudity of 16th-century healthcare, Shakespeare's observations still inspire doctors today (full text available to subscribers)

Red lettuce and dinosaur germs head to space station

April 18, 2014 - 4:03pm
SpaceX has launched its third cargo mission to the ISS, carrying gear that includes robot legs, a collapsible garden and a microbes from a dino fossil

Shakespeare: Did radical astronomy inspire Hamlet?

April 18, 2014 - 11:00am
From a supernova in 1572 to the discovery of Jupiter's four biggest moons – astronomical discoveries of Shakespeare's time may pop up in his work (full text available to subscribers)