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New Scientist is a UK-based weekly English-language international science magazine, founded in 1956. Sold in retail outlets and on subscription, the magazine covers current developments, news, reviews and commentary on science and technology.
In 1964 there was a regular "Science in British Industry" section with several items. Reed acquired New Scientist when it merged with IPC Magazines, retaining the magazine when it sold most of its consumer magazines in a management buyout to what is now IPC Media.
Throughout most of its history, New Scientist has published cartoons as light relief and comment on the news, with contributions from such long-time regular contributors as Mike Peyton and David Austin.
It also prints speculative articles, ranging from the technical to the philosophical.
From the beginning of 1961 "The" was dropped from the title. Since its first issue, New Scientist has written about the applications of science, through its coverage of technology.
The Grimbledon Down comic strip, by the renowned cartoonist Bill Tidy, appeared from 1970 to 1994.
Readers contribute observations on examples of pseudoscience to Feedback, and questions and answers on scientific and technical topics to Last Word; extracts from the latter have been compiled into several books.
New Scientist is based in London and publishes editions in the UK, the United States, and Australia.
For example, the first issue included an article "Where next from Calder Hall?
" on the future of nuclear power in the UK, a topic that it has covered throughout its history.