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Arachnophobia chopped out of a man's brain

50 min 6 sec ago
A man's lifelong fear of spiders vanished overnight with the removal of a part of his brain – it gives an insight into where and how our fears are stored

Why scratching an itch only makes it worse

1 hour 31 min ago
The pain that scratching causes soothes an itch – but only for a second. As soon as the brain's response to that pain kicks it, it ramps up the itch further

Feedback: Trial by water

2 hours 1 min ago
Advertising standards fail, decent desert dessert, pencils for the End Times and more (full text available to subscribers)

Smoke without fire: What's the truth on e-cigarettes?

October 30, 2014 - 1:00pm
They've been called safe, dangerous, a way to quit smoking – and a way to start. New Scientist sifts through the evidence about e-cigarettes (full text available to subscribers)

White noise for your nose cancels pungent aromas

October 30, 2014 - 12:30pm
By combining compounds in just the right mixture, researchers have worked out how to produce the olfactory equivalent of white noise

Left or right-wing? Brain's disgust response tells all

October 30, 2014 - 11:07am
People sensitive to disgust are more likely to be conservative – so much so that their brain's response to a disgusting image can predict political leaning

Earth's blue beauty glimpsed from far side of the moon

October 30, 2014 - 11:00am
China's Chang'e 5-T1 spacecraft captures a stunning image of our planet hanging in space next to the looming moon as it heads back home

Spoiler-free guide to the science of Interstellar

October 30, 2014 - 10:36am
With physics grand-master Kip Thorne doing the science, Interstellar promises to be the most fact-packed blockbuster of the year. Time to brush up

Today on New Scientist

October 30, 2014 - 10:30am
All the latest on screen vs paper, TTIP, brain decoder, computers that see like we do, supernova shock waves and more

Reading on screens is different – does it matter?

October 30, 2014 - 6:30am
We're beginning to understand how digital devices affect literacy – but don't assume that paper is always better than screens

Why bird divorces are good news for the females

October 30, 2014 - 6:00am
When bird pairs break up females often lay more eggs with a new partner, but the split can be disastrous for the male of the species

Heart ops shrink thanks to surgeon in your vein

October 30, 2014 - 5:42am
A tiny tube with a blade at the end can enter your heart via your neck to fix defects without having to cut open your whole chest

Supernova shock waves create glowing arcs across sky

October 30, 2014 - 5:00am
A forest of mysterious radiation arcs seen across our view of the universe might be down to a supernova-powered bubble expanding towards our sun

Gold origami exerts strange power over light

October 30, 2014 - 4:55am
Sheets of gold one nanoparticle thick have been folded into tiny origami. Dubbed plasmene, the material has some of the weirdest optical properties around

Goodbye, paper: What we miss when we read on screen

October 29, 2014 - 1:00pm
Digital technology is transforming the way we read and write. Is it changing our minds too – and if so, for better or worse? (full text available to subscribers)

Computers are learning to see the world like we do

October 29, 2014 - 12:12pm
It is surprisingly difficult to build computers that can recognise the many different objects we see every day, but they are getting better all the time

TTIP: The science of the US-European trade megadeal

October 29, 2014 - 11:24am
It will be the biggest trade deal the world has ever seen – and that means you'll see changes in health, the environment and even happiness

Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice

October 29, 2014 - 11:00am
As you read this, your neurons are firing – that brain activity can now be decoded to reveal the silent words in your head

Today on New Scientist

October 29, 2014 - 10:30am
All the latest on the great sea otter comeback, cold moon with a warm heart, milk and broken bones, tribal lessons, overpopulation and more

Seabed feeding frenzy proves dead jellyfish get eaten

October 29, 2014 - 10:30am
Time-lapse imagery of scavengers tucking in proves that dead jellyfish aren't unpalatable after all, so can return nutrients to the sea's food webs