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Could Machine Learning Fuel a Reproducibility Crisis in Science?
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Could Machine Learning Fuel a Reproducibility Crisis in Science?

Researchers Sayash Kapoor and Arvind Narayanan at Princeton University have sounded an alarm about what they call a "brewing reproducibility crisis" in machine-learning...

Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?
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Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?

The Ten Years Reproducibility Challenge asked scientists to find and re-execute old code written for computationally driven papers published ten or more years ago...

NASA Cuts to Europa Mission Anger Planetary Scientists
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NASA Cuts to Europa Mission Anger Planetary Scientists

Planetary scientists are angry about NASA's decision to jettison a key instrument from its upcoming mission to Jupiter's moon Europa.

Technologies to Watch in 2019
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Technologies to Watch in 2019

Seven specialists forecast the developments that will push their fields forward in the year ahead.

Machine Learning Spots Natural Selection at Work in Human Genome
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Machine Learning Spots Natural Selection at Work in Human Genome

Pinpointing where and how the human genome is evolving can be like hunting for a needle in a haystack.

A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape
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A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape

Julia Stewart Lowndes studied metre-long Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), tagging them to track their dives, as a graduate student at Stanford University in California...

The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks
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The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks

In a basement storeroom at Stanford University in California, the guts of a dozen DNA sequencers lie exposed—hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cameras and...

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal
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The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

In the midst of growing public concern over artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and the use of data, Brent Hecht has a controversial proposal: the computer-science...

Software Beats Animal Tests at Predicting Toxicity of Chemicals
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Software Beats Animal Tests at Predicting Toxicity of Chemicals

Machine-learning software trained on masses of chemical-safety data is so good at predicting some kinds of toxicity that it now rivals—and sometimes outperforms—expensive...

Speaking in Code: How to Program by Voice
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Speaking in Code: How to Program by Voice

Debilitating hand pain is always bad news, but Harold Pimentel's was especially unwelcome.

New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate
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New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate

One of the earliest attempts to estimate the number of genes in the human genome involved tipsy geneticists, a bar in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and pure guesswork...

Technology and Satellite Companies Open ­p a World of Data
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Technology and Satellite Companies Open ­p a World of Data

Samapriya Roy remembers when it would take him up to an hour to download a single 1-gigabyte image taken by the Landsat Earth-imaging satellites. 

The Researchers Who Study Alien Linguistics
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The Researchers Who Study Alien Linguistics

Sheri Wells-Jensen is fascinated by languages no one has ever heard—those that might be spoken by aliens.

Before Reproducibility Must Come Preproducibility
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Before Reproducibility Must Come Preproducibility

From time to time over the past few years, I've politely refused requests to referee an article on the grounds that it lacks enough information for me to check...

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...

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...
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