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"Not New Scientist" is back

"Not New Scientist" is back

A few years ago I got bored one evening and coded a Twitter bot that generates New Scientist-headlines, as seen on Buzzfeed and featured on New Scientist itself. I do like New Scientist and I was just taking the piss out of the more sensationalist headlines. I realised that the funniest tweets were the surreal ones so I gave it permission to experiment a bit more with bizarre headlines and made it learn what people liked based on retweets and favourites. After 1000 tweets and 900+ followers I chose to retire it. But now it’s back!

The account is @NS_headlines. Sometimes the headlines are a bit out there but occasionally it’s hard to tell the difference between the bot and the real thing: