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Giant robotic insect takes its first steps

Wed, 2014-12-17 18:30
A six-legged robot that moves its legs independently can walk over obstacles and rough terrain






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#RosettaWatch: Comet lander could wake up next year

Wed, 2014-12-17 18:02
The Philae lander is getting enough sunlight to keep warm, team members say, and the Rosetta spacecraft may have already taken pictures of its landing spot






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Today on New Scientist

Wed, 2014-12-17 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: block rockin' beasts, evolution, asteroid soil for space farms, sexology, tsunami shield, Martian methane burps and more






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Star's flying visit could fling comets at Earth

Wed, 2014-12-17 17:16
It might not happen for a quarter of a million years, but a nearby star coming closer to the sun could send planetary remnants hurtling to Earth






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Mangrove forest planted as tsunami shield

Wed, 2014-12-17 16:00
The 2004 tsunami killed 227,000 people in Indonesia. Fred Pearce visits Aceh to see the living coastal defences meant to soak up the energy of future waves






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Not again! First ever case of anxiety-induced déjà vu

Wed, 2014-12-17 15:00
A 23-year-old man is the first person to report a feeling of persistent déjà vu that seems to be triggered by anxiety rather than a neurological condition






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Smart shoes with lasers make strides in mobility

Wed, 2014-12-17 12:00
Adding laser tips to ordinary shoes can improve the stride and pace of people with Parkinson's disease






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DIY device to define the kilogram – using Lego

Wed, 2014-12-17 10:00
Just in time for Christmas, instructions for a Lego watt balance, which can fix the official value of the kilogram, have been published






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How to think about… Evolution

Wed, 2014-12-17 03:00
Evolution is all about making freaks normal – but it doesn't always involve natural selection and the survival of the fittest (full text available to subscribers)






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Thought control makes robot arm grab and move objects

Wed, 2014-12-17 00:01
By analysing brain activity linked to hand and arm movements, a team has created a robotic arm that a paralysed woman can control with her thoughts






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Machine assistants learn to run your schedule

Tue, 2014-12-16 21:00
Got a busy calendar? Let AI assistants set your meetings for you and suggest friends for you to interact with






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Asteroid soil could fertilise farms in space

Tue, 2014-12-16 20:30
We can now grow plants in microgravity – and crops grown in asteroid soil could sustain vast human populations off-planet






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Born to dance: The animals with natural rhythm

Tue, 2014-12-16 20:00
Dogs and ducks are duds on the dance floor. So how come cockatoos and sea lions can move to a beat, and what does that tell us about our own musicality? (full text available to subscribers)






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Table-top 'mini-LHC' ramps up to record energy

Tue, 2014-12-16 19:30
A laser-driven particle accelerator just 9 centimetres long is gearing up to rival heavyweights like the Large Hadron Collider






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Is sexology just too human to study?

Tue, 2014-12-16 19:00
Can we hope to study something as human as sex in any scientific way? A new exhibition and two books leave plenty of room for doubt






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Curiosity rover detects Martian methane burps

Tue, 2014-12-16 18:30
NASA's Mars rover has sniffed out short-lived bursts of methane, but whether it's Martian life or just a geological by-product is still unclear






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'This is our policy': New Scientist after 3000 issues

Tue, 2014-12-16 18:00
A lot has changed in science, and science journalism, over the past 58 years – but our responsibilities remain the same






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Today on New Scientist

Tue, 2014-12-16 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: bespoke cancer drugs in a day, climate change and Christmas trees, vacant graphics, mountain sculpting and more






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How to think about… Relativity

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:00
It's been called the greatest theory ever devised – we explain it using two spaceships, two clocks and a black hole (full text available to subscribers)






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Red hot lava battles snow as Russian volcano erupts

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:00
Volcano observations reveal jets of steam shooting out of the ice and lava moving like a giant caterpillar – although the lava type can make a big difference






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