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Earwigs and rotten panther: The diet of a Victorian eccentric

Frank Buckland ate his way through the animal kingdom, but as The Man Who Ate The Zoo shows, the naturalist also pioneered fish farming to feed the UK's poorest

Have you talked to your family about organ donation?

Too many people die waiting for an organ transplant. Here's how you could save one of them

Physics may be a small but crucial fraction of our reality

Just how much of physics is real, and how much of reality is physics? That’s a theme uniting four major new books in the field

Europe’s green energy policy is a disaster for the environment

The EU's massive renewable energy drive is backfiring and its proposed solutions are just greenwashing, say campaigners

Feedback: Biodynamic grapes feel wrath of the supermoon

Plus Laurel and Hardy are a sight for sore eyes, fat robot goes on rampage at China tech fair, a simple solution to those short on salt spas, and more

World’s highest plants discovered growing 6km above sea level

Coin-sized pioneers are the highest vascular plants ever found, living at more than 6100 metres above sea level on India’s dizzying Himalayan peaks

Seismic sensing app detects 200 earthquakes in first six months

Earthquake detecting app MyShake turns smartphones into an earthquake sensor network. Its creators hope it will be able to give warnings of seismic events

Booze ruse: Can a drink now and then really boost your health?

New Scientist distils the evidence for claims that a bit of alcohol can protect your heart, stave off dementia and be counteracted by a bout of exercise

World’s first city to power its water needs with sewage energy

The city of Aarhus will supply fresh water using only energy created from its household wastewater and sewage - but will others be able to do the same?

Magic mushroom drug helps people with cancer face death

A single dose of the psychedelic drug psilocybin can relieve feelings of depression and anxiety in people with cancer and increase their quality of life

Quantum particles seen distorting light from a neutron star

Astronomers have at last observed polarisation of light by virtual particles in a neutron star's magnetic field, a long-expected quantum effect

Stop buying organic food if you really want to save the planet

With global emissions from farming rising fast, we have to find a way for us consumers to make informed, rational choices about the food we eat

Is Uber a taxi firm or digital service? European court decides

Europe’s top court will consider whether Uber should be regulated like a transport company, in a case that will inform how ‘gig economy’ firms can operate

Parkinson's disease may start in the gut and travel to the brain

It seems the nerve damage behind Parkinson's starts in the stomach or colon before spreading to brain cells - but we don't know what's causing it

UK’s first three-parent babies likely to be conceived in 2017

The approach might not always work but it should be safer than existing methods for preventing harmful and sometimes fatal mitochondrial diseases

Google Translate AI invents its own language to translate with

The translation tool is thought to have made up its own language to find common ground for translating between language pairs it isn’t trained on

Quitting smoking in your 60s can still boost life expectancy

A new study suggests that it is never too late to stop smoking - and the earlier you give up, the longer you are likely to live

Bad memories stick around if you sleep on them

Students shown disturbing images found it hardest to suppress memories of them after a kip, hinting that sleep deprivation could help after traumatic events

Can nation states hit back at cyberattackers with ease? No way

Governments need to stop claiming they can strike criminal gangs and state-backed hackers with pinpoint accuracy, says Paul Marks

Let’s take on untreatable diseases, says gene therapy pioneer

Things went terribly wrong with gene therapy 20 years ago. But now scientists like Alessandra Biffi are wielding it against previously incurable conditions

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