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International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States
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International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States

The number of international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs is falling, according to reports from the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools in Washington...

Europe's AI researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind
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Europe's AI researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind

Some of Europe's top machine-learning researchers have founded an organization to strengthen capacity in artificial intelligence (AI) technology on the continent...

Film and Television Tell Children Who Can Be Scientists
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Film and Television Tell Children Who Can Be Scientists

The portrayal of STEM jobs in U.S. film and television largely reinforces the narrative that scientists are white men, according to a study by the Geena Davis Institute...

'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease
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'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease

Japanese neurosurgeons have implanted 'reprogrammed' stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease for the first time.

Science Candidates Prevail in US Midterm Elections
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Science Candidates Prevail in US Midterm Elections

Results from the United States' midterm elections are still pouring in, but a handful of candidates with backgrounds in science or technology have already nabbed...

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.

Machine Learning Gets to Grips with Plankton Challenge
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Machine Learning Gets to Grips with Plankton Challenge

When they think about big data, most researchers probably imagine genomics, neuroscience or particle physics. Kelly Robinson's data challenge involves plankton....

How AI Technology Can Tame the Scientific Literature
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How AI Technology Can Tame the Scientific Literature

AI-based tools can offer a penetrating view of scientific literature, computationally taming the vast flood of scholarly papers published at a rate of 1 million...

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...

Chief of Europe’s €1-Billion Brain Project Steps Down
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Chief of Europe’s €1-Billion Brain Project Steps Down

The executive director of the European Union's ambitious—but contentious—Human Brain Project (HBP) has left his post after a disagreement with the institution that...

Billion-Dollar Telescopes Could End Up Beyond the Reach of US Astronomers
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Billion-Dollar Telescopes Could End Up Beyond the Reach of US Astronomers

Every ten years, US astronomers set research priorities for the following decade.

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.

Bias Detectives: The Researchers Striving to Make Algorithms Fair
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Bias Detectives: The Researchers Striving to Make Algorithms Fair

In 2015, a worried father asked Rhema Vaithianathan a question that still weighs on her mind.

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...
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