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20 Aug
In Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, men in their early fifties are more likely to die of heart disease than French men 20 years older – but it's getting better






20 Aug
Life is throwing ever more information our way. But there are simple tracks that can help us cope, says neuroscientist Daniel Levitin (full text available to subscribers)






20 Aug
Although intelligent life may exist on other planets, The Copernicus Complex by Caleb Scharf argues that Earth will still be special after all






20 Aug
Long exposure gives an ethereal view of fires raging across Yosemite National Park, where drought and a hot summer have created unprecedented conditions






20 Aug
All the latest on newscientist.com: enigma of shrinking Y chromosome, dark net, Michael Brown autopsy, California's drought plan, Ebola quackery and more






20 Aug
The surge in the illegal ivory trade is shrinking Africa's elephant population by up to 3 per cent a year, which could ultimately wipe out the species






20 Aug
Rumours of dubious treatments are spreading on social media in West Africa, while fishy Ebola treatments are being peddled to anxious US citizens






20 Aug
The floods that have killed over 100 people in the Himalayan region are exactly what climate scientists have been warning of






19 Aug
Did the teenager have his arms up when he was shot? Was he running towards police? A third autopsy may not clarify what happened in Ferguson, Missouri






19 Aug
With reservoirs at record lows and groundwater being rapidly depleted, the state is considering extreme measures to ride out an epic dry spell






19 Aug
Forget neurons migrating to the "hills" of the folds in our brains, the folded shape of our cortex can be explained by simple expansion






19 Aug
The Y chromosome, which makes men male, has been shrinking for 180 million years. But there's more to this rotting husk than anyone suspected (full text available to subscribers)






19 Aug
East and West African pygmies evolved their stature independently, possibly because it was a beneficial trait in an environment packed with low obstacles






19 Aug
The tendency of Clostridium novyi to kill mammal cells has been used to shrink tumours in dogs and people, so the bacteria could help fight some cancers






19 Aug
Jamie Bartlett's encounters with the characters behind subversive currencies and online erotica make fascinating reading, but The Dark Net is really about us






18 Aug
In life this weird-looking fossil was Hallucigenia, a creature like a worm – although the spines, head and legs might suggest otherwise






18 Aug
Say hello to the California jumping gall wasp – its larvae just love hopping all over the place






18 Aug
The amorphous nature of climate change creates the ideal conditions for human denial and cognitive bias to come to the fore, says George Marshall






18 Aug
Normally erosion takes thousands of years, but this river valley could vanish just 50 years after it formed






18 Aug
A group of genes whose expression was altered in people who died with Alzheimer's are found by two independent studies – they may play a role in the disease






16 Aug
In a decades-long quest, researchers have hunted for evidence of monopoles – magnets with just a north or south pole – from the moon to the bowels of the Earth






16 Aug
Pro gaming is such big business that top teams approach competition like athletes do, even setting up training camps where gamers work out and bond






16 Aug
These beetles have scales that make them whiter than paper. No human technology can match their brilliance using such thin material






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