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Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death
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Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death

The world's most extreme  physical exam starts in the world's plushest exam room, complete with a couch, a private bathroom and a teeming fruit plate.

Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat
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Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat

Thermal transport—the way heat is carried away from a processor, for instance—is very familiar to us.

Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED
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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED

A few hours after dark one evening earlier this month, a small quadcopter drone lifted off from the parking lot of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?
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Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say.

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date
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Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date

Ten years ago Dennis Degray's life changed forever when he slipped and fell while taking out the trash in the rain.

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time
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The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time

The first time molecular biologist Greg Hannon flew through a tumour, he was astonished—and inspired.

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science
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CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.

NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter
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NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the...

Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head
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Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head

In the red corner, weighing in with just five qubits, a quantum computer from the University of Maryland in College Park. In the blue corner, also with five qubits...

A Computer to Rival the Brain
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A Computer to Rival the Brain

More than two hundred years ago, a French weaver named Joseph Jacquard invented a mechanism that greatly simplified textile production.

Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life
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Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life

It's not something NASA likes to advertise, but ever since its creation in 1958, the space agency has only conducted one direct, focused hunt for extraterrestrial...

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails
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NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

That little blue dot likes to mock.

What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism
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What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped...

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?
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Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology.

Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire
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Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire

Brain scans appear to be better at discerning lies than polygraphs are.

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
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Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'Broadband' Moment
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Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'Broadband' Moment

Thought your Internet speeds were slow? Try being a space scientist for a day.

US Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies
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US Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies

Scientists should be permitted to modify human embryos destined for implantation in the womb to eliminate devastating genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anaemia...

Elusive Triangulene Created By Moving Atoms One at a Time
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Elusive Triangulene Created By Moving Atoms One at a Time

Researchers at IBM have created an elusive molecule by knocking around atoms using a needle-like microscope tip.

Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter
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Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter

Put a tray of water in the freezer. For a while, it's liquid. And then—boom—the molecules stack into little hexagons, and you've got ice.
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