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About New Scientist magazine

New Scientist is the world’s most popular weekly science and technology publication. Our website, app and print editions cover international news from a scientific standpoint, and ask the big-picture questions about life, the universe and what it means to be human. If someone in the world has a good idea, you will read about it in New Scientist.

Since the magazine was founded in 1956 for “all those interested in scientific discovery and its social consequences”, it has expanded to include newsletters, videos, podcasts, courses and live events in the UK, US and Australia, including New Scientist Live, the world’s greatest festival of science. New Scientist is based in London and New York, with operations elsewhere in the UK, the US and Australia.

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In a time when facts are in short supply, there has never been a greater need for a trusted, impartial source of information about what is going on in the world – or a greater need for inspiration through exceptional ideas.

From artificial intelligence to climate change, from the latest innovations in health to the mysteries of quantum physics and the human mind, New Scientist covers the ideas and innovations that matter. We talk to researchers at the cutting edge, separate fact from fiction and distil it all into an intelligible, need-to-know digest.


New Scientist covers the latest news from all areas of science, from the covid-19 pandemic to space travel. We provide a balanced, impartial viewpoint on the biggest stories as they happen to give you the facts you need. With news articles added to the New Scientist website daily and the best stories included in our magazine every week, you are always up to date.


In every issue of New Scientist, you get exclusive features that dive deep into the most interesting new developments, from the origins of humanity to health and technological advances. Written by specialists in the field and expert journalists, these features present the latest developments in an accessible way, so you don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy them. All of our magazine features are available on our website and app, so you can stay informed wherever you are.

Subscriber-only events 

A New Scientist subscription gives you exclusive access to four free virtual subscriber-only events per year. Previous events have included New Scientist’s Christmas special and Reporting a Pandemic, both of which are available on demand. These events see our editorial team delve into the topics that matter most to you.

Virtual events

New Scientist also runs other virtual events and evening lectures throughout the year where celebrated experts discuss the most interesting subjects from all branches of science. These events and one-day masterclasses will help you truly understand the world around you and discover brand new areas of interest. In addition, subscribers have access to exclusive digital events throughout the year for even more great content.


Get the best of New Scientist delivered straight to your desktop, phone or tablet with our suite of newsletters, which cover everything from daily news to the biggest ideas in space, physics, biology, human evolution and the environment.


Discover hundreds of inspirational and entertaining videos about everything from how vaccines work to what it would be like to fall into a black hole. Catch up with the latest researcher videos or watch in-depth interviews with the world’s top scientists.


Keep up to date with the latest science news on the go with New Scientist’s podcasts which bring you all the week’s biggest stories. Our podcasts are a quick way to stay up to date with all things scientific when you don’t have time to stop and read.


Learn from world-class experts about the hottest topics in science with New Scientist Academy. 

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Subscribers not only gain access to the full archive of digital content available on the website and within the New Scientist app, they can also access subscriber-only events and weekly interactive crosswords. Just click here to subscribe.