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Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension
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Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension

As I put on a virtual-reality (VR) headset, the outside world disappears.

Attacks in ­K and Syria Highlight Growing Need for Chemical-Forensics Expertise
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Attacks in ­K and Syria Highlight Growing Need for Chemical-Forensics Expertise

As investigations continue into the attempted assassination of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain, findings released this week have renewed...

Divided by DNA: The ­neasy Relationship Between Archaeology and Ancient Genomics
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Divided by DNA: The ­neasy Relationship Between Archaeology and Ancient Genomics

Thirty kilometres north of Stonehenge, through the rolling countryside of southwest England, stands a less-famous window into Neolithic Britain.

How to Sail Smoothly from Academia to Industry
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How to Sail Smoothly from Academia to Industry

When immuno-oncologist Martijn Bijker decided to move from academia to industry, he asked a friend to review his CV. His friend—who had worked in the pharmaceutical...

Does Your Code Stand ­p to Scrutiny?
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Does Your Code Stand ­p to Scrutiny?

Computer code written by scientists forms the basis of an increasing number of studies across many fields—and an increasing number of papers that report the results...

How to Make Replication the Norm
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How to Make Replication the Norm

Replication is essential for building confidence in research studies, yet it is still the exception rather than the rule.

Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms
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Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms

Daniel Smalley has long dreamed of building the kind of 3D holograms that pepper science-fiction films.

China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles
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China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles

For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National...

China Enters the Battle For AI Talent
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China Enters the Battle For AI Talent

A mountainous district in western Beijing known for its temples and mushroom production is tipped to become China's hub for industries based on artificial intelligence...

­niverse's Baby Picture Wins $3 Million
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­niverse's Baby Picture Wins $3 Million

Astrophysicists who captured an image of the Big Bang's afterglow—and confirmed the standard model of cosmology—won a US$3-million Breakthrough Prize on 3 December...

Five Ways to Fix Statistics
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Five Ways to Fix Statistics

As debate rumbles on about how and how much poor statistics is to blame for poor reproducibility, Nature asked influential statisticians to recommend one change...

Giant Telescope's Mobile-Phone 'dead Zones' Rile South African Residents
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Giant Telescope's Mobile-Phone 'dead Zones' Rile South African Residents

A map showing how mobile-phone use might be restricted because of a giant radio telescope in South Africa has angered people who will live near the instrument—deepening...

The Shape of Work to Come 
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The Shape of Work to Come 

Last year, entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun set out to augment his sales force with artificial intelligence.

The Future of Dna Sequencing
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The Future of Dna Sequencing

Forty years ago, two papers1, 2 described the first tractable methods for determining the order of the chemical bases in stretches of DNA. Before these 1977 publications...

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of 23andme
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The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of 23andme

There's a placard in Anne Wojcicki's office enshrining the attitude that nearly ran her company, 23andme, aground.

Gravitational Wave Detection Wins Physics Nobel
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Gravitational Wave Detection Wins Physics Nobel

Three physicists who had leading roles in the first direct detection of gravitational waves have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

'one-Size-Fits-All’ Threshold For P Values Under Fire
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'one-Size-Fits-All’ Threshold For P Values Under Fire

Researchers are at odds over when to dub a discovery 'significant'.

China's Quest to Become a Space Science Superpower
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China's Quest to Become a Space Science Superpower

Time seems to move faster at the National Space Science Center on the outskirts of Beijing.

Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results
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Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results

Imagine you are a policymaker who needs to know how much carbon is stored in the South American forest.

Information Technology: A Digital Genius at Play
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Information Technology: A Digital Genius at Play

The US mathematician and electrical engineer Claude Shannon, whose life spanned the tumultuous, technologically explosive twentieth century, is often called the...
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