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Droughts in Syria and California linked to climate change

8 hours 37 min ago
The two regions have recently suffered their worst droughts on record. And Syria's may have helped to trigger its civil war

Suez superhighway: Stopping the tide of alien invaders

8 hours 37 min ago
We're creating a thoroughfare for invasive species to pour into the Mediterranean from the Red Sea – but for once there is a way to stem the flow (full text available to subscribers)

Zombie simulator lets you plan your own apocalypse

9 hours 22 min ago
The first model of a zombie epidemic to use real US census data lets you choose where the plague begins and how fast it spreads

Today on New Scientist

10 hours 21 min ago
All the latest on Google rankings, how life on Earth took off, iron rain, and more

Ancient customer-feedback technology lasts millennia

10 hours 37 min ago
In the days before Amazon and TripAdvisor, how could you express your consumer outrage? For ancient Mesopotamians, it was seethe, stamp and bake

Hungry insects may halve forest carbon sink capacity

10 hours 37 min ago
Forests may only achieve half of their predicted increase in carbon sink capacity because insects munch more when CO2 levels rise

Virtual reality film revolution puts you in the scene

11 hours 55 min ago
The virtual reality boom is about more than just gaming. Total immersion could radically change how we watch and interact with films

Weather forecast for early Earth involved iron rain

12 hours 37 min ago
Put iron under pressure and it vaporises – much more readily than previously thought. This means meteorite impacts on early Earth could have created iron rain

Ultra-cold mirrors could reveal gravity's quantum side

13 hours 25 min ago
The quantum Casimir effect is a slight attraction between two metal plates. Superconducting versions could finally show us quantum gravity at work

A travel guide to touch

14 hours 37 min ago
Touching each other is an important part of social interaction around the world – but it's a case of different strokes for different folks (full text available to subscribers)

Germ-killing molecules identified in alligator blood

15 hours 37 min ago
Over more than 37 million years, alligators have developed a formidable defence against infections that we might be able to harness

My drug-filled nanospheres heal at the speed of light

16 hours 37 min ago
Our bodies have a habit of scattering medicine to the wrong places, so Adah Almutairi is targeting diseases with light-activated nanotechnology

Evolution's big bang: how life on Earth took off

March 1, 2015 - 12:00pm
Life was single-celled and boring for billions of years, then BOOM! the ancestors of most animals alive today appeared – thanks to a perfect storm of events (full text available to subscribers)

Volleyballene puts a new spin on buckyballs

March 1, 2015 - 3:00am
The molecule is a super-stable mash-up of 60 carbon atoms and 20 scandium atoms, and it looks a lot like, yes, you've guessed it, a volleyball

Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links

February 28, 2015 - 5:00am
Being trustworthy and accurate could help a web page rise up Google rankings if the search engine giant starts to measure quality by facts, not just links

To save the rainforest, let the locals take control

February 27, 2015 - 12:00pm
Global intervention in tropical forests to combat climate change could sideline their most effective guardians, warns Fred Pearce

Amazon deforestation soars after a decade of stability

February 27, 2015 - 11:00am
Satellite images of the Amazon show that deforestation in Brazil has, at points, risen to levels 467 per cent of last year's

Why US law on guns and mental health needs to change

February 27, 2015 - 10:00am
As eight die in shootings in Missouri, why oppose a law compelling psychiatrists to report patients with mental illness, asks Jessica Hamzelou

Today on New Scientist

February 27, 2015 - 9:45am
All the latest on how to do big science at home, programmable pop-up materials and the colour of that dress

A user's guide to touch

February 27, 2015 - 9:00am
Ever wondered why being stroked produces wildly different sensations depending on where you're being touched? We have the answers (full text available to subscribers)