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18 Sep
You can learn a lot about people if you mess with their minds. Here are four infamous experiments in which psychologists gave in to unethical temptations






17 Sep
NASA has announced that two private companies, Boeing and SpaceX, will start launching astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017






17 Sep
The act of fracking is probably not contaminating US drinking water – the real problem is leaks from the wells that bring natural gas to the surface






17 Sep
A Japanese woman with macular degeneration is the first person to be treated with induced pluripotent stem cells, made from her own skin






17 Sep
Scaremongering claims of a great white shark in UK waters could have been easily avoided, says shark conservation biologist David Shiffman






17 Sep
It is not as accurate as sampling HPV DNA from the cervix itself, but the test might benefit women who are too scared to have a conventional smear test






17 Sep
With more content than ever before, its hard to extract what's preferred from what's promoted. Two books explore the effect digital media has on us






17 Sep
All the latest on newscientist.com: Socrates among the psychopaths, putting a "language gene" into mice, students saved by stress-detecting app and more






16 Sep
Smartphone sensors can record students' stress, depression and loneliness, and compare them to academic performance






16 Sep
My, what big eyes you have! These photographs of nocturnal animals reveal the faces we rarely get to see






16 Sep
A low-carbon economy will deliver fast economic growth, better lives and save the environment to boot, claims an audacious report from top economists






16 Sep
Putting the human FOXP2 gene – thought to play a role in the development of language – into mice makes them quicker at learning tasks automatically






16 Sep
Far from staying put, RNA – the less famous cousin of DNA – can roam far afield, carrying information to other cells in the body and even to other animals (full text available to subscribers)






16 Sep
When a philosopher introduced the Socratic method to the inmates of a high-security psychiatric hospital, he found connections with the rest of us






16 Sep
Formula 1 fans may be tearing out their earplugs in horror, but the all-electric cars of Formula E proved that green racing is far from boring
15 Sep
J marks the spot. The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will touch down on the flattest part of the comet






15 Sep
The Higgs boson's unusual decay into photons sparked dramatic speculation about multiple Higgses and exotic particles – but the final word may now be out






15 Sep
Research misconduct degrades trust in science and causes real-world harm. As such, it should be a crime akin to fraud, argues Richard Smith






15 Sep
Would Scottish science benefit if the country became independent of the UK? Not a doubt, says Stephen J. Watson. Not a chance, argues Andrew Miller






15 Sep
Can people really ramp up their brain activity to compensate for the protein clumps associated with Alzheimer's disease?






14 Sep
Can a robot learn right from wrong? Attempts to imbue robots, self-driving cars and military machines with a sense of ethics reveal just how hard this is






13 Sep
A three-fingered hand with a keen sense of touch could probe the murky depths when other sensors fail, helping to fix problems at deep-sea oil and gas wells






13 Sep
A study linking daily cannabis use to suicide got a lot of coverage earlier this week, but, Michael Slezak says, correlation does not mean causation






13 Sep
Ordinary people can commit atrocities simply by following orders, iconic 1960s experiments concluded – but this notion of the "banality of evil" is wrong (full text available to subscribers)






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