Today on New Scientist: 15 January 2013







Record-breaking temperatures are now the norm

Find out how temperatures are changing in your backyard with our interactive map of NASA's historical temperature record for the whole planet



Beijing skylines yields dramatic view of choking city

The city's suffocating smog is not just bad for health - a new study reveals it also has a more potent effect on climate change than previously thought



Nations are taking action on climate change

Global talks may founder, but 32 of 33 major economies have now passed legislation to combat climate change or improve energy efficiency



Freaky feeling: Why androids make us uneasy

We're often creeped out by human-like robots or animated characters, but what they do to our minds is more complex than you might think



Flickering lights to guide you indoors

BylteLight uses invisibly flickering LED lightbulbs to send information to a smartphone's camera - locating you indoors with surprising accuracy



Selling the appeal of statistics

In Naked Statistics economist Charles Wheelan aims to entice with dazzling data



How to make a skyscraper disappear

Without a wrecking ball or explosive in sight, a new technique for demolishing tall buildings makes them seem to vanish one floor at a time



Mariko Mori: The cosmos in a gallery

In her new exhibition, Rebirth, Mariko Mori draws inspiration from the sky and ancient cultures to connect us to nature



Poison pill: Not all mercury is toxic

A global treaty on mercury pollution will do more harm than good if it bans the vaccine preservative thiomersal, says medical anthropologist Heidi Larson




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