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Looming quakes may be betrayed by groundwater changes

7 hours 8 min ago
Changes in the chemical make-up of underground water could be a warning that an earthquake is on the way, according to data from two recent quakes in Iceland






iPhone eye test spots vision problems cheaply

September 19, 2014 - 10:30am
A cheap iPhone accessory that measures your glasses prescription brings eyecare to the places where it is most needed






Einstein makes an appearance in superheavy chemistry

September 19, 2014 - 10:00am
A chemical compound using superheavy element seaborgium is the first to show effects linked to Einstein's theory of relativity






Free will persists (even if your brain made you do it)

September 19, 2014 - 9:49am
If neuroscientists were one day able to predict your every action and decision based on brain scans, will you abandon the concept of free will? Probably not






Today on New Scientist

September 19, 2014 - 9:30am
All the latest on newscientist.com: 6 solar strangenesses, US drone zones open, Ig Nobels, Apple Watch, ants vs spiders, epileptic poetry and more






Milky Way map swirls with 219 million stars

September 19, 2014 - 9:19am
The most detailed map of our galaxy ever made reveals the incomprehensible majesty of our neighbourhood






Video chat in US jail shelved over concerns for inmates

September 19, 2014 - 8:30am
Dallas County Jail lost its bid to install "video visitation" equipment after concerns were raised that in-person visits would be restricted






Scotland's scientists breathe easier after No vote

September 19, 2014 - 8:01am
Scientists in Scotland are largely relieved by the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum, believing science to be safer in a united kingdom






Epilepsy gives woman compulsion to write poems

September 19, 2014 - 7:30am
To whom shall I compare thee? A woman with epilepsy has a rare condition – the constant urge to write poetry, which may shed light on creativity






Stricter rules will thwart Japan's whaling attempts

September 19, 2014 - 6:54am
From now on, Japan will have to work much harder to convince the world that its "scientific whaling" should be allowed to continue






Gaze-tracker lets you connect to devices with a glance

September 19, 2014 - 6:08am
A headset computer that knows where you're looking can connect you to your devices or to other people with just a look and a nod






Zoologger: Ants fight dirty in turf war with spiders

September 19, 2014 - 4:58am
In the forests of eastern Australia, a squadron of social spiders faces off against an army of the world's most dangerous ants in a pitched battle for survival






Apple's smart watch could have us all self-monitoring

September 19, 2014 - 4:12am
With its finger on your pulse, the Apple Watch will spawn a new generation of apps to monitor health, fitness and perhaps even emotions






Some inmates should have the right to euthanasia

September 19, 2014 - 3:33am
Should convicted prisoners facing life behind bars get the right to die on the grounds of their tortured existence? Sometimes, says physician Christian Brown






Feedback: Ig Nobel prize for watching dogs urinate

September 18, 2014 - 4:30pm
The prizewinning science of banana-skin slips, seeing Jesus in toast and dogs aligning themselves with magnetic fields lines when relieving themselves






Chances of first life improved by weighted dice

September 18, 2014 - 1:00pm
Adjusting the numbers of various types of molecule in the environment seem to improve the chances of self-replicating life generating spontaneously






US opens 'drone zones' for a year of pioneer testing

September 18, 2014 - 12:30pm
From farming to firefighting, drones will soon fly into everyday life in the US – the Federal Aviation Administration has six flight zones paving the way






Strangest star: 6 things we didn't know about the sun

September 18, 2014 - 12:00pm
With its fiery rains, speedy magnetic flips and an atmosphere that defies the laws of physics – our home star is as weird as it gets (full text available to subscribers)






Global population may boom well beyond the year 2050

September 18, 2014 - 11:00am
The population was expected to peak at 9 billion by 2050, but high fertility rates in Africa may mean it surges as high as 12.3 billion by 2100






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September 18, 2014 - 9:30am
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