New Scientist is a weekly international science magazine and website covering recent developments in science and technology for a general English-speaking audience. New Scientist has maintained a website since 1996, publishing daily news. As well as covering current events and news from the scientific community, the magazine often features speculative articles, ranging from the technical to the philosophical.
Digital evolution and the meaning of life If life and consciousness can be mimicked in a computer, we might at last understand what these concepts really mean
In defence of mind-reading Though the rise in the prevalence of obesity is slowing, there are still more people than ever who would benefit from shedding a few pounds
Green light for first embryonic stem cell treatment Injections of material derived from stem cells may help repair damaged spinal cords
Gulf oil slick in disappearing trick Just two weeks after BP capped its broken Deepwater Horizon well, the plumes of oil and dispersant in the Gulf's deep waters have gone
Galapagos: off the danger list, still in danger The decision to take the Galapagos off UNESCO's danger list suggests the islands are in the clear, but conservationists say that's far from true
60 Seconds Cloned milk probe, a particle blast from the sun, the power of placebo, and more
Warning over spray-on hot flushes drug To protect children from premature puberty, care is needed when using a spray-on treatment for hot flushes, says the US Food and Drug Administration
Will Pakistan floods really trigger disease outbreak? If an epidemic of diarrhoeal and respiratory disease does strike Pakistan in the wake of devastating floods, it would be a rare case
Artificial life forms evolve basic intelligence Digital organisms not only mutate and evolve, they also have memory, so how long before they acquire intelligence too?
Rise in childhood obesity is slowing worldwide The number of obese children is rising more slowly, but are the figures hiding a new problem?
Human brains have 'Life of Brian' mechanism Brain regions that deal with negative emotions and self-awareness are dampened down when we confront thoughts of death, scans reveal
Deep impact market: the race to acquire meteorites In a trade that extends from Moroccan souks to eBay, scientists are in a controversial race with dealers to acquire precious specimens
Sponge genome provides toolkit for multicellular life The newly sequenced genome of the sponge reveals the ancient origins of key genes involved in human cancer
Earth may regenerate its iron heart Mysterious seismic signals suggest that Earth's core is melting on one side and re-solidifying on the other in a 100-million-year cycle
Reptiles were the earliest North American pioneers The oldest reptile prints ever found suggest that these were the first creatures to venture into continental interiors