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The best and worst countries in the world to be old in

September 30, 2014 - 3:00pm
Human lifespan is rising fast everywhere, but the Global AgeWatch Index shows that some places do better than other at making the most of their old people






Zoologger: Fickle female guppies fancy fresh faces

September 30, 2014 - 12:30pm
What happens at the fishy equivalent of a cocktail party with too many male guests?






Beat temptation with the marshmallow psychologist

September 30, 2014 - 12:00pm
We need willpower to resist our desire for instant gratification, but first we need to know our enemy, says Walter Mischel (full text available to subscribers)






How air conditioning overwhelmed its hothead haters

September 30, 2014 - 11:30am
It was a fight between vested interests and institutional boneheadedness, but as Cool: How air conditioning changed everything explains, common sense won out






Chimp social network shows how new ideas catch on

September 30, 2014 - 11:00am
A study of how a chimp trick for drinking water spread throughout the social network is the first time social learning has been seen in wild chimps






Earth gets a new companion for trip around sun

September 30, 2014 - 10:30am
Newly discovered asteroid 2014 OL339 is the latest member of the entourage of space rocks that temporarily join Earth in its orbit around the sun






World's wildlife population halved in just 40 years

September 30, 2014 - 10:10am
Populations of vertebrate species have declined by an average of 52 per cent between 1970 and 2010, and habitat destruction by people is to blame






Blame climate change for heatwaves that struck in 2013

September 30, 2014 - 9:40am
An assessment of the extreme weather events concludes that five heatwaves across the world would have been unlikely without greenhouse gas emissions






Today on New Scientist

September 30, 2014 - 9:30am
All the latest on newscientist.com: what dolphins really think, being yourself online, how Hong Kong protesters network and more






Hong Kong protesters use a mesh network to organise

September 30, 2014 - 6:30am
To communicate with one another, activists on the city's streets are relying on the free FireChat app to send messages without any cell connection






Rogue winds swept humans to last uninhabited islands

September 30, 2014 - 5:00am
Shifting wind patterns could solve the mystery of how Polynesians colonised the most remote islands in the world






Earth's navel: Stare into an eye-wateringly big hole

September 30, 2014 - 4:00am
The Siberian mining town of Mirny is home to the second-largest hole ever dug in the world, which produced a monster diamond with a ghastly name






Earth's navel: Stare into an eye-wateringly big hole

September 30, 2014 - 4:00am
The Siberian mining town of Mirny is home to the second-largest hole ever dug in the world, which produced a monster diamond with a ghastly name






Sunflower solar harvester provides power and water

September 30, 2014 - 3:34am
An all-in-one, cheap, solar energy harvester can deliver power, clean water and heat to places that need it, quickly






Strange rock formation was "fracked" by ancient quake

September 30, 2014 - 2:19am
A group of rocks in Colorado's Front Range that seems to defy the rules of geology could be among the rarest of formations on Earth






Behind the smile: What dolphins really think

September 29, 2014 - 12:00pm
They have been hailed as the second most intelligent animal on the planet, but could a soft spot for dolphins have led us to terribly misjudge them? (full text available to subscribers)






How to be genuinely yourself when always online

September 29, 2014 - 11:00am
If you want to be free in a digital age, must you switch off your computer, ask two new books, The End of Absence and The Glass Cage






Today on New Scientist

September 29, 2014 - 9:30am
All the latest on newscientist.com: electronics-frying space invaders, Japanese volcano, Arctic impact on jet stream, India's Mars triumph and more






Japan eruption practically undetectable in advance

September 29, 2014 - 8:54am
The type of eruption that left an ashen landscape at the peak of Mount Ontake could occur at many apparently sleeping volcanoes






Chagos marine reserve polluted by politics

September 29, 2014 - 3:30am
Exiled Chagossian islanders complain that a marine reserve gives fish more rights than them. They have a point, says Fred Pearce