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E. O. Wilson: Religious faith is dragging us down

2 hours 57 min ago
The extinctions we cause will kill us too, says the sociobiology pioneer – the best thing would be to eliminate religions, though not human spiritual yearning (full text available to subscribers)






Turbulent lessons from tropical storms

3 hours 57 min ago
From 16th-century colonisers of the Caribbean to Katrina's victims, Stuart Schwarz's Sea of Storms explores the long geopolitical shadow of tropical hurricanes






Today on New Scientist

5 hours 27 min ago
All the latest on newscientist.com: normal foot myth, eco-utopias vs eco-activism, planets almost as old as the universe and more






Self-help healthcare fuelled shock Greek election win

7 hours 54 min ago
Volunteer-run services are plugging holes left by cutbacks in Greece and may have helped focus support for the radical Syriza party






Keeping an open mind about consciousness research

11 hours 57 min ago
Open Mind is an eclectic open-access website about cutting-edge consciousness and cognitive research






Laser flight path caught on camera for the first time

12 hours 57 min ago
It's usually only possible to see the spot where a laser lands rather than its path, but now an ultrafast camera has caught those photons mid-flight






Ancient planets are almost as old as the universe

January 26, 2015 - 5:00pm
The oldest rocky planets yet are 11.2 billion years old, just a little younger than the universe – meaning the galaxy made an early start on planet building






Shoes vs barefoot: The myth of the normal foot

January 26, 2015 - 12:00pm
The average Western foot is deformed by shoes. If you ditch them, will your feet bounce back or are you simply asking for trouble? (full text available to subscribers)






Eco-city dreams vs real eco-activism

January 26, 2015 - 11:00am
Utopian plans for green cities are blasted in Julie Sze's Fantasy Islands, while Paul Steinberg holds out hope for the humble in Who Rules the Earth?






How science tells us to ignore celebrity endorsements

January 26, 2015 - 10:25am
Tim Caulfield's Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? shows that celebrity advice, while difficult to ignore, is bunkum






La Niñas on the rise in climate change double whammy

January 26, 2015 - 10:20am
A see-saw effect of warm water slushing in the equatorial Pacific may make extreme climate events El Niño and La Niña twice as frequent






Today on New Scientist

January 26, 2015 - 9:30am
All the latest on newscientist.com: how to become a hero, bankless house-buying, robot jazz, why Scotland is sick, MSG, echoes of the big bang and more

Tape of life may not always be random

January 26, 2015 - 8:37am
If we could turn back the clock millions of years, would animals evolve in the same way? Genome data suggests that their options would be limited






This baby coral will grow up to patch ailing reefs

January 26, 2015 - 8:11am
Flanked by curious fish and tended by a diver, these coral nurseries off the coast of the Florida Keys are being grown as transplants for damaged reefs






Genome hunter: Rare diseases make people want to help

January 26, 2015 - 5:00am
Clinical geneticist Maria Bitner-Glindzicz is helping to gather 100,000 genomes to gain insights into cancer and rare conditions






Polar bear penis bone may be weakened by pollution

January 26, 2015 - 4:36am
The baculum, a bone in the penis of polar bears, is losing density in areas where pollutant contamination is high – and that may spoil the bears' sex life






Social failure, not lifestyle, has made Scots sick

January 26, 2015 - 12:00am
Job loss and social breakdown, not smoking and bad diet, lie at the roots of Scotland's infamously high rate of premature death, says a public health expert






Is MSG a silent killer or useful flavour booster?

January 25, 2015 - 5:00pm
MSG could help elderly people regain their appetite, but it has a bad reputation. Here are the facts about this much-maligned additive






Beautiful blood clot could reveal deadly detail

January 23, 2015 - 4:01pm
An award-winning extreme close-up of a blood clot could give insight into the causes of heart disease and stroke






Finding ET – we're gonna need a bigger dish

January 23, 2015 - 9:17am
We need to widen the way we listen for broadcasts from alien civilisations – looking for short pulses packed with information as well as simpler radio signals