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Today on New Scientist

Fri, 2014-12-05 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: are you eating too much iron? curious classroom bots, Pluto probe to awake, electric eels' zombie trick and more






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Giant galactic gas 'blow out' seen for the first time

Fri, 2014-12-05 17:30
A gigantic rainbow jet has been glimpsed in the act of being booted out of a galactic nursery by the forming stars






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Pluto probe prepares to wake after nine-year journey

Fri, 2014-12-05 16:57
After an epic trip covering about 4.76 billion kilometres, the New Horizons spacecraft is about to arrive near Pluto and its remote, icy neighbours






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When politics met science: harmony or hegemony?

Fri, 2014-12-05 16:50
Politicians are often accused of paying lip service to science. Researcher Jon Copley went behind the scenes of the UK parliament to examine the claim
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NASA test launches Orion space capsule for Mars trip

Fri, 2014-12-05 12:33
NASA has sent the Orion deep-space capsule on its inaugural uncrewed flight from Cape Canaveral in Florida






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Feedback: Now here was the news

Fri, 2014-12-05 12:00
Google Truth™, Pains and needles, liverish Francophobia and more (full text available to subscribers)






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Cereal killer: Are you eating too much iron?

Thu, 2014-12-04 20:00
You need iron – but fortified foods are now being blamed for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Let New Scientist guide you through the menu minefield (full text available to subscribers)






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Eels use electricity to remote control prey movements

Thu, 2014-12-04 19:00
The electric eel's shocking hunting tactics ensure that fish have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide






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Y men are more likely to get cancer than women

Thu, 2014-12-04 19:00
Men who smoke start to lose the "male" chromosome in their blood and are also more likely to get cancer, hinting at a link between the two






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Warm water undermining Antarctica's ice shelves

Thu, 2014-12-04 19:00
Antarctica's ice shelves are being melted from below, which could speed up overall melting and eventually raise sea levels by around 4 metres






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Bizarre brains highlight missing organ mystery

Thu, 2014-12-04 18:46
A photographer's obsession with a collection of abnormal brains in a storage closet, some of which are mysteriously missing, is documented in a book published today






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Zoologger: Dancing in time makes crabs sexual failures

Thu, 2014-12-04 18:30
The synchronised courtship display of the fiddler crab may be doing it more harm than good






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Curious bots make better companions in the classroom

Thu, 2014-12-04 17:59
"Wah! There are so many molecules in here! Let's go see what they are." Virtual assistants are more effective when they ask students about what they're doing






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Brain link for obesity and high blood pressure found

Thu, 2014-12-04 17:48
The mechanism making obese people have high blood pressure has been pinpointed in mice, so we might be able to make drugs to block it in humans






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Today on New Scientist

Thu, 2014-12-04 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: how plants think, art before humans, inside Google's quantum computer, telerobotics and digital immigrants, and more






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Know thy enemy: the million space rocks we must find

Thu, 2014-12-04 13:41
It's time to ramp up efforts to find the many smaller near-Earth objects that could unleash destruction on our planet, says astronomer Martin Rees






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AI knows a great sporting moment when it sees one

Thu, 2014-12-04 10:47
Computers have already tried their hand at sports commentary – now they're picking highlight clips by scanning videos for telltale signs of excitement






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Will remote-controlled robots clean you out of a job?

Thu, 2014-12-04 08:00
"Digital immigrants" in other countries could soon guide robots around your house. Some find that creepy – and that could be just the start of the trouble






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Meet the most complete stegosaurus ever found

Wed, 2014-12-03 22:00
A stunning stegosaurus the size of an SUV could soon steal the limelight from the famous diplodocus at the entrance of London's Natural History Museum






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Locked-on lasers burn through leaves on train lines

Wed, 2014-12-03 21:00
If they won't budge, zap 'em! Train-mounted lasers could cut through the annual annoyance of leaves on the line – the trick is in the focusing






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