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The campaign against alcohol abuse deserves two cheers

After years of public health messaging alcohol consumption is falling – now we need a sober assessment of how much further to push it

Ancient leftovers show the real Paleo diet was a veggie feast

Early humans seem to have eaten a wide variety of vegetables and nuts, alongside delicacies such as elephant brain and fish

Are caesareans really making us evolve to have bigger babies?

C-sections mean that babies whose heads are too big or whose mothers’ pelvises are too narrow, are able to survive – a fact that might be changing our species

North Dakota oil pipeline may still be built despite army block

Indigenous people and environmentalists have won the latest battle in a long stand-off with companies over an oil pipeline going under a lake and through sacred sites

Why baby flatfish grow into the wonkiest animals in the world

These fish have a travelling eye and swim on their sides in what is the most extreme example of vertebrate asymmetry – now we know how they develop this useful trait

Sherlock Holmes shows memories have a common fingerprint

People remember and recount scenes from a TV show using the same patterns of brain activity, suggesting an evolutionary mechanism for acquiring knowledge

The world’s first seismometer used a toad to catch an earthquake

Featuring bronze toads and dragons, a legendary tremor detector was made by polymath Zhang Heng in AD 132 – but did it really work? The evidence is shaky

Breakthrough Prize hands out $25 million for “Oscars” of science

The prize, founded and funded by Silicon Valley billionaires, aims to ape the film industry and make scientists into celebrities with a televised ceremony

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

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