When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts
as with creating images.

— Niels Bohr

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Screen time: How smartphones really affect our bodies and brains

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 1:00pm
If you believe the headlines, screens are supposed to warp our skeletons, damage our mental health and alienate us from our families. But the evidence paints a more nuanced picture
Categories: Astronomy

How to find the North Star and Southern Cross

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 1:00pm
In the next in our stargazing series, learn to navigate by the stars by finding Polaris in the north, or using the Southern Cross to find the South Pole
Categories: Astronomy

Should people with mental health conditions be drugged to stand trial?

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 1:00pm
A US trial is bringing the questionable practice of forced medication into the spotlight – but in the UK and elsewhere voices are growing for its use, says Laura Spinney
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Prehistoric baby bottles found in Bronze and Iron Age sites in Germany

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 1:00pm
Archaeologists have found traces of animal and human milk in 2500 to 3200-year-old spouted pottery drinking vessels, suggesting they were used to feed babies
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Could rising costs at Hinkley Point C end the UK's nuclear ambitions?

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 12:20pm
The UK's next nuclear power station could cost £2.9 billion more than expected, which could scupper plans for future nuclear power plants
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Coated paper holds secret messages that can be erased with a hairdryer

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 11:00am
When paper with a special manganese-based coating is printed with water, the message is only visible in UV light – and it can be erased with a hairdryer
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Plastic tea bags shed billions of microplastic particles into the cup

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 8:00am
Making a cup of tea with a plastic teabag releases around 11.6 billion microplastic particles in a single cup
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How your heart really does shape your thoughts, memories and emotions

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 7:10am
At New Scientist Live, neuroscientist Sarah Garfinkel will reveal the ways your heart and other organs shape your mind and what you think
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Giving nature human rights could be the best way to protect the planet

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 5:45am
Rivers, lakes and forests around the world are being recognised as if they were legal persons. It sounds strange, but could it effectively protect the planet?
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IPCC report: Sea levels could be a metre higher by 2100

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 5:00am
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that a sea level rise of a metre or more by 2100 is likely in a worst-case scenario
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The first Americans: The untold story of the pioneers of the New World

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 1:00am
The Americas were the last continents conquered by humanity. Now we know that those who settled there were a hardy group that first had to survive in the Arctic
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Crypt-keeper wasps can control the minds of 7 other species of wasp

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 7:01pm
It was thought parasites specialised in controlling just one host, but a newly discovered parasitic wasp can manipulate the behaviour of at least seven
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Helen Sharman: First British astronaut speaks out on science, climate

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 11:00am
Nearly 30 years after her historic spaceflight, we meet with the first British astronaut to talk about the future of space travel, global warming and Brexit
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New Scientist Live 2019 highlights: Aliens, jet packs and Homo naledi

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 9:00am
Talks that the New Scientist editorial team are most looking forward to at New Scientist Live, the world's greatest science festival, 10-13 October 2019
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Beef-eating consumers are helping drive Amazon deforestation

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 6:31am
An investigation of trade flows finds much of the recent Amazon deforestation is down to cattle ranching - and consumers around the world are eating the meat
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New Scientist Live: What would happen if you fell into a black hole?

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 5:00am
What would happen if you fell into a black hole? Or if time travel is possible? Astrophysicist Emma Osborne will answer this and more at New Scientist Live next month
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European satellite will reveal Earth's atmosphere in unrivalled detail

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 3:00am
The European Space Agency wants to launch a satellite that can enhance our picture of the atmosphere to improve weather forecasts and climate change projections
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Greta Thunberg: You have stolen my childhood with your empty words

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 12:26pm
World leaders are at a UN summit in New York to discuss more ambitious plans to curb carbon emissions just days after the biggest ever climate change protest
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AI is learning to diagnose schizophrenia from a smartphone video

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 11:42am
An app that analyses facial expressions and speech may be able to diagnose schizophrenia
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Weird galaxies suggest our best understanding of the cosmos is wrong

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 11:41am
We have found two weird galaxies that either have no dark matter or are travelling insanely fast. Our best models of the cosmos can't explain how they exist
Categories: Astronomy