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A six-state California faces a water war

4 hours 18 min ago
An audacious plan to split California into six pieces is unlikely to succeed, but may force the state to tackle its water woes head-on

The new Google? Baidu's big plans to bust out of China

July 24, 2014 - 6:00pm
China's biggest search engine is pushing at the boundaries of artificial intelligence – and self-driving bikes are just the beginning

Icy moon explorer gets an Alaska road test

July 24, 2014 - 12:30pm
Camped on a glacier, Lisa Grossman meets a robot that could pierce the ice of Jupiter's moon Europa and check its hidden ocean for signs of life

California's Katrina? The great delta dilemma

July 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
Drought is not the only threat to California's water supply – the state's single biggest source of water is a catastrophe waiting to happen (full text available to subscribers)

Art by algorithm: Computer evolves new artworks

July 24, 2014 - 11:30am
A computer algorithm that modifies images by mimicking the rules of natural selection can work with people to evolve novel works of art

Wiping out species can push people into slavery

July 24, 2014 - 11:00am
A new analysis suggests that the decline of wildlife fuels social unrest and slavery, but giving local people control over their local wildlife could help

Feathersaurus: plant-eating dinos had plumage too

July 24, 2014 - 11:00am
New fossils suggest it was not just bird-like dinosaurs that had elaborate feathers – the other major dinosaur group had them too

Untried death cocktails causing botched executions

July 24, 2014 - 9:39am
After Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood took almost 2 hours to die, New Scientist looks at why a drug combination is being experimented with in the death chamber

As sanctions deepen, just how crucial is Russian gas?

July 24, 2014 - 9:00am
Gas exports to Europe are regarded as a key Russian trump card amid anger over its role in Ukraine. Just how reliant are we, wonders Jon Excell

This brand-new kingfisher is critically endangered

July 24, 2014 - 7:30am
A survey of birds has identified 361 new species that had previously been confused with known species, a quarter of which are considered threatened

When art changes the rules for science

July 24, 2014 - 7:03am
A new exhibition, Automatic Art, explores how art that was built on logical and mathematical rules ended up giving science new ways of seeing the world

Nerve implant retrains your brain to stop tinnitus

July 24, 2014 - 6:32am
Tinnitus is a chronic ringing in the ears that can be debilitating. Now, an implant that stimulates a nerve in the neck could eliminate the sounds for good

Give forests to local people to preserve them

July 23, 2014 - 5:00pm
The best way to protect forests, and the carbon they contain that could otherwise cause global warming, is to hand them over to local communities

Quantum split: Particle this way, properties that way

July 23, 2014 - 12:00pm
Can you separate a bell from its ring? You can in the quantum world – the Cheshire cat experiment has shown neutrons splitting from their spins (full text available to subscribers)

Oxygen oasis for early life found in ancient rock

July 23, 2014 - 11:00am
A 2-billion-year-old rock has revealed the first evidence of the isolated pockets where oxygen-breathing life may have evolved

Baxter the robot brings his gentle touch to novel jobs

July 23, 2014 - 10:30am
A robot designed to work alongside humans in factories is finding a range of unusual alternative applications – from treating patients to farming in space

An easier way to turn plant scraps to plastics

July 23, 2014 - 10:05am
A new way of turning vegetable waste directly into bioplastics could make such materials even more environmentally friendly

Worm neuron hack to probe the mysteries of our brains

July 23, 2014 - 10:00am
Hijacking how neurons of nematode worms are wired is the first step in an approach that could revolutionise our understanding of brains and consciousness

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Tragic cruise ship Concordia makes its final journey

July 23, 2014 - 8:58am
After the world's most expensive salvage operation, the ill-fated Costa Concordia is being floated back to Genoa, where it will be chopped up for scrap metal