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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 Up a World of Data
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Technology and Satellite Companies Open Up 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...

Some Hard Numbers on Science's Leadership Problems
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Some Hard Numbers on Science's Leadership Problems

Scientists pride themselves on being keen observers, but many seem to have trouble spotting the problems right under their noses.

Wikipedia's Top-Cited Scholarly Articles, Revealed
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Wikipedia's Top-Cited Scholarly Articles, Revealed

The most-cited journal articles on Wikipedia include papers on the names of lunar craters and the DNA sequences of human and mouse genes—and many of the most popular...

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

Tom Lehrer at 90: A Life of Scientific Satire
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Tom Lehrer at 90: A Life of Scientific Satire

In 1959, the mathematician and satirist Tom Lehrer—who turns 90 this month—performed what he characteristically called a "completely pointless" scientific song...

Einstein, Bohr and the War Over Quantum Theory
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Einstein, Bohr and the War Over Quantum Theory

All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged—partly in heated clashes between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr.

Divided by DNA: The Uneasy Relationship Between Archaeology and Ancient Genomics
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Divided by DNA: The Uneasy 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 Up to Scrutiny?
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Does Your Code Stand Up 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...

Universe's Baby Picture Wins $3 Million
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Universe'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...
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