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Stuff: Goodbye to the disposable age

FEATURE:  00:30 01 April 2014

From self-repairing phones to a weightless collection of digital possessions, the future promises to let us enjoy our belongings without today's drawbacks

Five a day is not enough fruit and veg for best health

TODAY:  23:30 31 March 2014

Seven a day seems to be better than five according to a large study, although the finding might be due to other effects like a healthier lifestyle overall

Stop Nicaragua's canal and save thousands of species

INTERVIEW:  20:45 31 March 2014

A massive canal bisecting Nicaragua would be an ecological disaster, says Jorge Huete-Pérez, who wants the world to intervene before it's too late

How climate pain is being spun into corporate gain

REVIEW:  20:30 31 March 2014

The wolves of Wall Street have got climate change, but at a terrifying cost, reveals Windfall: The booming business of global warming by McKenzie Funk

Yum, Lego… Human babies born to move hands to mouth

TODAY:  20:00 31 March 2014

Our brains seem to have a circuit dedicated to grabbing stuff and putting it in our mouths, and it probably develops in the womb

Face map of mixed feelings could help AIs understand us

TODAY:  20:00 31 March 2014

The facial muscles we use to express complex emotions – such as happily surprised or angrily disgusted – have been identified

Born to chat: Humans may have innate language instinct

TODAY:  20:00 31 March 2014

People organise a new language according to a logical hierarchy, not by learning which words go together – adding support to the idea of 'universal grammar'

Stuff: The psychological power of possessions

FEATURE:  19:30 31 March 2014

We invest emotion and memories in our possessions, giving them deep meaning, but that doesn't necessarily make us happy – it may drive us slightly mad

Today on New Scientist

DAILY ROUND-UP:  17:30 31 March 2014

All the latest on newscientist.com: why it's human nature to own stuff, how climate change will affect where you live, boys' toys and girls' toys, and more

Super-submersible Alvin dives again after refit

PICTURE OF THE DAY:  17:01 31 March 2014

The iconic crewed deep-sea sub that explored the wreck of the Titanic and discovered hydrothermal vents is back in action after a massive overhaul

Magnetic bricks beam 3D objects into your screen Movie Camera

TODAY:  15:00 31 March 2014

GaussBricks lets you build shapes on your tablet that turn into digital drawings or make objects that interact with video games

Japan ordered to stop Antarctic 'scientific' whaling

TODAY:  11:52 31 March 2014

The Japanese whaling programme in the Antarctic has been ruled invalid by the International Court of Justice

Stuff: The first things humans owned

GALLERY:  18:00 26 March 2014

How did humans evolve to be so materialistic? We've dug into the archaeological record for the earliest examples of possessions

Biology doesn't justify gender divide for toys

COMMENT:  08:00 31 March 2014

There is concern at the increasing segregation of toys and books for boys and girls. Is there any scientific justification, asks psychologist Cordelia Fine

World must adapt to unknown climate future, says IPCC

Floods in Bangkok in November 2011. What will the future climate bring to Thailand? <i>(Image: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)</i>

TODAY:  01:00 31 March 2014

The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change steps back from exact predictions, and focuses on how to survive unpredictable changes

How climate change will affect where you live

TODAY:  01:00 31 March 2014

The new IPCC report spells out how climate change will affect regions of the world – here's our guide to the main impacts this century, and some coping tips

Stuff: The bare necessities, then and now

FEATURE:  00:30 31 March 2014

What is the smallest set of things that we need in a modern consumer society? Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller delves for insights

EMERGENCY SURGERY

Gunshot victims to be suspended between life and death

No heartbeat, no hope? <i>(Image: A. Reinke/Plainpicture)</i>

Doctors will try to save the lives of 10 patients with knife or gunshot wounds by placing them in suspended animation, buying time to fix their injuries
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THE BIG IDEA

Why our brains work better with age

Older and wiser: we get better at ignoring what we don’t need to know <i>(Image: Plainpicture/Mylène Blanc)</i>

Cognitive decline is a myth, say Michael Ramscar and Harald Baayen. The research behind the idea uses flawed models of how we learn in the real world
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EPIDEMICS & PANDEMICS

Did bubonic plague really cause the Black Death?

Skeletons recently excavated in London have revived the question of what the Black Death pathogen was. Dig into the roots of the controversy – and find out what the true cause of the pestilence might have been
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PERCEPTION

The invisible issue: The world as you don't see it

There's more to your world than meets the eye: either it’s too small, too big, the wrong wavelength or your mind hides it. New Scientist reveals all
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PICTURE OF THE DAY

Alvin dives again after super-sub refit

The iconic crewed deep-sea sub that explored the wreck of the Titanic and discovered hydrothermal vents is back in action after a massive overhaul
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BIOTECHNOLOGY

Metal-eating plants could mine riches through roots

Plants that absorb metals from the soil could clean up old mines and allow farmers to harvest valuable resources without ruining the environment still more
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