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Far-off galaxies are firing rare high-energy cosmic rays at us

The highest energy particles in the universe hit Earth very rarely, so it took 10 years of data to pinpoint their origin. They’re coming from galaxies far, far away

There is no way to spot big earthquakes ahead of time

Large earthquakes look just like small ones when they start out, so early warning systems have no clues to help figure out if a quake is going to be huge

Star nicknamed Kronos after eating its own planetary children

A pair of binary stars are less alike than any pair we’ve seen, possibly because one gobbled its own orbiting planets, winning it the nickname Kronos

Why UK court ruling on ending life support is the right decision

It is much kinder for all involved if someone kept alive in a vegetative state is allowed to die with only their doctor’s and family’s approval, not a judge’s say-so

Using new study to back high-fat, low-carb diets is flawed logic

Fans of high-fat, low-carb diets grasped at a recent study to declare their fringe view proven. They were wrong, say Anthony Warner and Katie Heath

Even jellyfish get sluggish if they don’t have enough sleep

Jellyfish show all the signs of going to sleep, even though they do not have brains – which were thought to be an essential requirement for slumber

Gravity may be created by strange flashes in the quantum realm

A model of how wave forms of quantum systems collapse reveals a way they could create gravitational fields, and perhaps even reconcile two pillars of physics

Lightning storms triggered by exhaust from cargo ships

The world's busiest shipping lanes have twice as many bolts of lightning as nearby areas, and ships pumping soot into the air seem to be responsible

Dinosaurs that seemed veggie also ate the odd bit of shellfish

Many dinosaurs are thought to have been exclusive plant-eaters, but their fossilised faeces suggest that some of these species also ate seafood

Brain farts: 9 ways your brain can make you feel stupid

Ever walked into a room only to forget why you entered, accidentally called your boss “mum” or burst out laughing at bad news? Here's what's really going on

Another lost tribe feared massacred – how can we save the rest?

Should we leave uncontacted tribes alone or try to usher them into the modern world to protect them from violence and disease, wonders Curtis Abraham

Dine in or eat out: Which is better for you and the planet?

It may seem that restaurants can exploit economies of scale to curb their carbon footprint, and home cooking is healthier – but it really depends on the chef

Hurricane Maria confirms dire warnings for 2017 hurricane season

As Hurricane Maria continues to cause destruction, predictions that 2017 could be the worst hurricane season since 2010 are being borne out

Robots can hitch-hike on sharks thanks to ultrastrong sucker

A suction cup modelled on how a strange faeces-eater attaches to other fish can withstand a pull of 340 times its weight, letting robots ride sharks and whales

Handheld scanner divines how nutritious your food really is

Climate change and soil degradation are depleting the nutrients in crops, but now a scanner can analyse grain to help farmers mitigate problems as it grows

Why has a UK team genetically edited human embryos?

The aim of the work is to better understand embryonic development, rather than to see if genome editing could prevent diseases in children

Old fathers pass on more mutations to kids than old mothers

A huge study of Icelanders suggests that older men pass on four times as many new mutations to their kids than women  

3D-printed alloys could lead to lighter planes that fly further

Modern aeroplanes are held together with thousands of rivets and fasteners. That could change soon, thanks to 3D-printed weldable alloys

Infamous three-body problem has over a thousand new solutions

A long-standing maths puzzle has 1223 new solutions, more than doubling the number of possible paths three objects can take as they orbit one another

Hundreds of UK women are seeking illegal abortions online

Women legally entitled to abortions are attempting to buy pills online because they cannot access clinics due to distance, waiting times and domestic abuse

Our closest star system may be home to a stolen star and planet

Proxima b, the nearest exoplanet to Earth, may have been captured along with its star instead of born in the dangerous three-star system where it now lives

Kids everywhere have damaging gender stereotyping set by age 10

Global study reveals that gender stereotypes become ingrained in "tween" years, leading to life-long health consequences - particularly for girls

The real clean food: How to eat well for yourself and the planet

It's possible to have a diet that's both healthy and eco-friendly, but would you really want to eat it? Forget the fads, the answer is more straightforward than you think

Mexico hit by second huge quake caused by same tectonic strain

The country has been struck by its second big earthquake in less than two weeks, causing dozens of buildings to collapse

I found a way to communicate with people trapped in their bodies

All people in a vegetative state were assumed to be unconscious, until Adrian Owen asked them to imagine playing tennis and scanned their brains

Enter the Scopus Awards for Australia and New Zealand

The Scopus Awards recognise exceptional researchers whose work has had a significant impact. If that sounds like you, or someone you know, enter now

Shaken baby syndrome is not definitive proof of child abuse

While a debate over the medical diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome rages on, one thing is clear: it is no longer proof of child abuse, says Deborah Tuerkheimer

Sacrificial virgin spiders let their nieces eat them alive

In one species of spider, unmated females not only care for other spiders’ offspring, they allow the tiny spiderlings to devour their insides

Awesome awe: The emotion that gives us superpowers

Awe is so powerful it alters your sense of self, connects you with humanity and boosts your mind and body. And there's a surprising way to get more of it

Tool-wielding monkeys push local shellfish to edge of extinction

Long-tailed macaques on an island in Thailand are doing such a good job of cracking shellfish with stone tools, they are driving down their prey's numbers and body size

Stunning shots capture how we interact with our natural world

These evocative pictures by photographer Lucas Foglia catalogue his quest to capture our turbulent relationship with nature

Secrets of butterfly wing patterns revealed by gene hacking

Butterflies' wings have extraordinary patterns and colours, and it turns out they are controlled by a single "master gene" that performs many roles

Thousands likely to be killed by Hurricane Irma’s deadly legacy

Toxic chemicals released by floodwaters, stress, infection and dangerous working conditions will all contribute to hurricane death toll years after winds die

Could we store carbon dioxide as liquid lakes under the sea?

We need to get carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to slow down climate change, and perhaps deep-sea trenches would be a good place to put it

Five ways technology can read your mind – and what it’s good for

Order a coffee, type an email or learn a new instrument faster. Mind-reading tech is now so advanced that all this and more is within reach with thought alone

Sex and aggression linked in male mouse brains but not in female

In male mice, the same brain cells influence both aggressive and sexual behaviours, but for the first time we now know that's not the case for females

No, climate science isn’t wrong, and yes, global warming is real

A study suggests we can emit three times more carbon than we thought and still avoid 1.5°C of global warming - but the results are not as straightforward as they seem

Proof in the pudding: Myth-busting 15 common cooking tips

From searing meat to cutting onions, many top cooking tips make no difference, while others dent the flavour or even increase the risk of food poisoning

Mysterious flashing star seems destined for an explosive end

A detective story that began in the 1950s when a star seemed to go supernova but survived ended this month when someone figured out what was going on

Blind people repurpose the brain’s visual areas for language

For the first time, language processing has been detected in areas of the brain that usually process vision, highlighting the organ’s extraordinary flexibility

End-of-life chatbot can help you with difficult final decisions

A virtual assistant helps people who are terminally ill feel less anxious about death and more ready to complete their last will and testament

Cassini’s legacy: Where next in the search for alien life

Without Cassini and its forebears we would never have guessed life may lurk in the cold outer reaches of the solar system – now we know just where to look

Science after Brexit will be weaker all round

The UK government’s position paper is long on lofty ambitions for future collaboration, but the gory details suggest they will be extremely difficult to achieve

Fear and trembling, from The Great Quake to Quakeland

Detail or range? Two new books offer very different approaches to the fascinating and violent world of earthquake science

The NHS is using a chatbot to do tedious corporate team-building

The UK's National Health Service and 10 big firms are experimenting with CoachBot, which replaces "coaching and development" staff with an automated chatbot

Not just a headache: How migraine changes your brain

Migraine changes the way you experience the world all the time, not just during an attack. It's time for a new approach to treatment

What if the diminutive electron isn’t as small as it gets?

We thought electrons and their two mysterious siblings were fundamental particles. Now there are hints that we need to go smaller still to understand matter

Lost in meditation: Two books argue over mindfulness

Meditation and mindfulness may be good for us, or they may encourage narcissism. Explore different paths to enlightenment

Cloud-catching to bubble science

Many people build their careers using their knowledge and love of science – their science capital. In the latest in this series exploring the role of science capital for staff at BP, Amrita Lulla talks about her life and career

Watching Cassini’s last moments from inside NASA mission control

The Cassini team was at once somber and excited as they watched the spacecraft’s radio heartbeat flicker out. Mika McKinnon joined them to say goodbye

Brown dwarfs have strong magnetic fields just like real stars

Failed stars called brown dwarfs straddle the line between big planets and small stars. An observation of a magnetic field puts another tick in the star column

Five mythical animals that turned out to be real

Sometimes the tales travellers tell of strange creatures they have seen in a remote part of the world are true

Final pictures from Cassini as probe smashes into Saturn

Say goodbye to humanity’s outpost at Saturn with a look at Cassini’s final images before it was swallowed by Saturn’s atmosphere

Cassini takes last look at the ring patterns made by mini moons

These unusual patterns in Saturn's rings give us clues to what happens when planets are born, and may help us understand how our solar system formed

Facebook allowed adverts to be targeted at ‘Jew haters’

Facebook's ad-placing software allowed an investigative news site to target advertising at users who declared an interest in anti-Semitic topics

The plan to reintroduce a big cat that might never have existed

Ideas are afoot to return the clouded leopard to Taiwan, where it was declared extinct in 2013. Yet some say the big cat never lived there

World hunger is on the rise again due to climate change and war

After falling for over a decade, the number of people going hungry has risen again - and climate change and war are to blame

There are hardly any old fish left in the ocean – and that’s bad

Industrial fishing has disproportionately removed older fish, which tend to be the most adaptable individuals that can best survive environmental change

A rushed response to Hurricane Irma could cause bigger disasters

We must prepare for the bigger storms to come,  but if planners get it wrong, their efforts to protect people could make future mega-disasters even worse

Feedback: Your suggestions for improving human beings

From baby pouches to piping hot bodies, there's no shortage of wacky ways to survive climate change. Plus: quantum yoga, and at long last, a female unit.

Third-hand smoke in furniture and clothes damages mouse organs

Exposure to smoke residue increases rodents’ stress hormones and puts them at higher risk of diabetes, as well as harming their livers and brains

Tumour bacteria sabotage chemotherapy by destroying cancer drugs

Giving antibiotics to people with cancer could improve treatment by stopping bacteria from degrading anticancer drugs

Plastic cubes injected into the body could replace booster shots

Microscopic degradable polymer cubes stuffed with vaccines could spell the end of booster jabs, and lead to a single vaccine that protects against all diseases

Robot made from a DNA strand could deliver cargo in your blood

Micromachine with two feet and two arms could pick up and deliver drugs in the bloodstream or build chemical compounds, one tiny step at a time

Ultrafast lasers catch electrons relaxing after brief excitement

Pulses of light that last billionths of a billionth of a second have helped unravel a mystery inside solid objects and could help us build better X-ray lasers

Cassini’s 10 best pictures from its 13-year voyage around Saturn

On 15 September, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn, ending its mission with a bang. New Scientist looks back at 10 of its best images

Tears for Cassini: why it’s OK to well up over a lump of metal

Expect more of the modern phenomenon of mass mourning for a machine when the space probe Cassini makes its death dive into Saturn, says Joelle Renstrom

It’s too easy for bioterrorists to access dangerous research

The systems designed to stop potentially risky research being published and used to make weapons of terror have “multiple shortcomings”, warns US report

New £10 note suggests that a cashless society is a long way off

Even though cashless payments are more popular than ever, we probably won’t be saying bye to cash for a long time – and that’s a good thing

Cassini’s Grand Finale: The ups and downs of our 20-year mission

Michele Dougherty's team rode its luck to make eye-opening discoveries around Saturn and its moons. She reveals the project's pleasures and pains

Christmas Island’s only echolocating bat has gone extinct

The Christmas Island pipistrelle is no more, and the world's largest antelope is at risk, according to the latest update to the Red List of Threatened Species

AI spots Alzheimer’s brain changes years before symptoms emerge

A machine-learning algorithm that examines MRI scans can identify alterations in how different regions of the brain are connected that indicate future disease

History of zero pushed back 500 years by ancient Indian text

Carbon dating has revealed that the Bakshali manuscript housed in Oxford contains the earliest known version of our modern zero symbol -- and it is nearly 2000 years old

Wolves and bears to be slaughtered in Romania once again

In 2016, Romania banned trophy hunting of wolves and bears, but now the government has angered conservationists by permitting hunters to target nuisance animals

Cassini’s Grand Finale: The spacecraft that unveiled Saturn

From magical rings to loony moons to giant polar hurricanes, in 13 years orbiting Saturn the Cassini probe has exposed many wonders. Here's our pick

Killing thousands more badgers won’t eradicate TB in cattle

An extended badger cull in England to try to curb bovine TB is a poor decision. It's time to call off the guns, says ecologist Rosie Woodroffe

Why China’s green ambitions will make it the next world leader

As the US under Donald Trump turns its back on climate change, China's globalisation agenda could catalyse a green revolution that will make it a superpower

Mysterious lights in the sky seen after Mexico’s huge earthquake

Magnitude isn’t the only demonstration of an earthquake’s power. For centuries, mysterious lights have popped up in the wake of strong quakes

Don’t quit now: Why you have more willpower than you think

Willpower is not the limited resource we once thought it was. A simple attitude-hack is all that stands between you and endless motivation

Cassini to live-stream its final moments in Saturn’s atmosphere

Before the Cassini spacecraft ends its 20-year mission by disintegrating in Saturn’s atmosphere, we have one last chance for new information on the gas giant

It’s a disgrace there are no women on UK’s key science committee

When the main science committee in the UK parliament turned out to be devoid of women MPs, a backlash was inevitable, says Lara Williams

The hottest place ever recorded on Earth’s surface was 2370°C

When a rock from space crashed to ground 38 million years ago, it briefly heated the impact zone to 2370°C, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth’s crust

Graphic design can save your life – here’s how

From AIDS to preventing smoking, an exhibition on graphic design underlines the challenges faced by designers – and their powers of persuasion

Why the iPhone X’s Face ID is a terrible way to secure your data

Apple’s latest phone promises to unlock on seeing your face, and police forces are deploying similar tech to catch criminals – but problems dog the technology

These are the three biggest obstacles for a Brexit science deal

The government says it wants to preserve EU science ties in a Brexit settlement but fails to acknowledge the major stumbling blocks ahead, says Mike Galsworthy

The Farthest: How the Voyager story keeps on giving

Forty years after the Voyager spacecraft launched, a movie captures the grandeur of the project – plus its alien appeal

Air pollution changes what bugs colonise our airways

Higher levels of pollutants in the air correlate with reduced diversity of bacteria in our nose, hinting at a possible mechanism for why pollution causes disease

Meet the vampire ant from hell with huge jaws and a metal horn

Linguamyrmex vladi had ferocious snapping jaws and a horn reinforced with metal, which it may have used to puncture prey and drain their blood

Control a drone with your mind at New Scientist Live

There are over 100 amazing things to do, see, hear and touch at New Scientist Live

Sugar in your diet: The not-so-mouthwatering truth

Does sugar make you hyper, or cause cancer? From obesity to sweeteners, we sort through the science on all things sweet

Extreme wildfires in the US could lead to long-term lung damage

This year’s exceptional wildfire season could drag on until December, and the resulting air pollution poses a serious risk to people’s health

Nine probes reached the outer solar system: Where are they now?

Besides Cassini, eight missions have passed the asteroid belt – and several are still broadcasting from the furthest solar system and beyond

The Caribbean will be recovering from Hurricane Irma for years

Florida escaped the worst of hurricane Irma, but islands like Puerto Rico and Cuba were hit hard – and they face a hard road back to prosperity

Failed electric buses remind us that roads not taken do matter

Human actions rather than technology undermined London's electric buses 100 years ago, showing there's plenty to be learned by revisiting the past

Stripy ponds in the Utah desert help green the bone-dry land

Multicoloured patchwork ponds in this desert play a key part in tapping sources of potassium chloride, a vital fertiliser

Eating more salt might save your life? Not so much

The Salt Fix is the latest book attempting to overturn well-established dietary advice, but it leaves a bad taste, says Anthony Warner

Shoe sensor will protect your back from heavy lifting

A couple of simple sensors placed inside a normal shoe and safety hat could alert you when bad posture is about to cause you a nasty injury

If NYC subways obeyed quantum maths trains wouldn’t be delayed

New York's notoriously unreliable subway system isn’t all bad. Some lines follow statistical patterns seen in quantum systems, and run better for it

Rat brains seen replaying scary memories as they sleep

Could this be where nightmares come from? When rats are given a fright while awake, their brains go on to replay their fear when they next fall sleep

Tiny worm burrows may reveal when first complex animals evolved

Microscopic fossil burrows found in ancient rocks reveal that small worm-like animals existed more than half a billion years ago