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The Institute by Stephen King leads a revolutionary sci-fi reboot

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 1:00pm
Writers old and new are creating resilient heroes for turbulent times, finds Helen Marshall in her latest sci-fi column
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Bill Bryson's new book celebrates the miraculous human body

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 1:00pm
Forget disease and frailty. Bill Bryson’s new book, The Body: A guide for occupants, is a hymn to the way the things inside us just work without us telling them to
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Deliver us from evil: How biology, not religion, made humans moral

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 1:00pm
Our survival instinct should undercut morality – but our mammalian brains pulled off an amazing evolutionary trick, says neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland
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Ancient grains are misnamed and their health benefits are unconfirmed

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 1:00pm
Wellness influencers extol the virtues of so-called ancient grains. But are they really better for us, asks James Wong
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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
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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
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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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