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On the Hunt For a Mystery Planet
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On the Hunt For a Mystery Planet

Astronomer Scott Sheppard runs through his checklist as he settles in for a long night of skygazing at the Subaru telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Science As Art: Wellcome Image Awards 2016
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Science As Art: Wellcome Image Awards 2016

Nature editors present their pick of the winning scientific images in the awards run by the Wellcome Trust. The London biomedical charity will announce the overall...

Young Scientists Poised to Ride the Gravitational Wave
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Young Scientists Poised to Ride the Gravitational Wave

The first direct detection of gravitational waves has opened a new window in physics and astronomy—rewarding a cohort of young researchers who gambled on finding...

Legal Tussle Delays Launch of Huge Toxicity Database
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Legal Tussle Delays Launch of Huge Toxicity Database

A giant database on the health risks of nearly 10,000 chemicals will make it easier to predict the toxicity of tens of thousands of consumer products for which...

Bitter Fight Over Crispr Patent Heats Up
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Bitter Fight Over Crispr Patent Heats Up

A versatile technique for editing genomes has been called the biggest biotechnology advancesince the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and the US Patent and Trademark...

Artificial Intelligence Called In to Tackle Lhc Data Deluge
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Artificial Intelligence Called In to Tackle Lhc Data Deluge

The next generation of particle-collider experiments will feature some of the world's most advanced thinking machines, if links now being forged between particle...

How to Judge Scientists' Strengths
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How to Judge Scientists' Strengths

When the director of a research institute asked his Twitter followers for a practical way to dig out promising candidates from the hundreds of applications sitting...

Troubled Billion-Euro Brain Project Secures Another Three Years' Funding
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Troubled Billion-Euro Brain Project Secures Another Three Years' Funding

Europe's troubled Human Brain Project (HBP) has secured guarantees of European Commission financing until at least 2019—but some scientists are still not sure that...

Synthetic Biology Lures Silicon Valley Investors
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Synthetic Biology Lures Silicon Valley Investors

In 2012, Emily Leproust was trying to raise money to start Twist Bioscience, a company that aimed to synthesize DNA more quickly and more cheaply than existing...

Maths Whizz Solves a Master's Riddle
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Maths Whizz Solves a Master's Riddle

A mathematical puzzle that resisted solution for more than 80 years — including computerized attempts to crack it — seems to have yielded to a single mathematician...

­se of Personalized Cancer Drugs Runs Ahead of the Science
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­se of Personalized Cancer Drugs Runs Ahead of the Science

As the costs of genetic sequencing fall, oncologists are starting to prescribe expensive new drugs that target the genetic profiles of their patients' tumours,...

Private Firms Spy a Market in Spotting Space Junk
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Private Firms Spy a Market in Spotting Space Junk

The US military has long taken the role of traffic cop in space: monitoring satellites, tracking debris and, in recent years, warning satellite operators and foreign...

Caution ­rged Over Editing Dna in Wildlife (intentionally or Not)
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Caution ­rged Over Editing Dna in Wildlife (intentionally or Not)

"Crap!" That was the first word out of Kevin Esvelt’s mouth as he scanned a paper1 published inScience last March.

Genomics Pioneer Jun Wang on His New AI Venture
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Genomics Pioneer Jun Wang on His New AI Venture

Jun Wang is one of China's most famous scientists.

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Gets a $100-Million Boost
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Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Gets a $100-Million Boost

You could say that the silence has been deafening.

European Labs Set Sights on Continent-Wide Computing Cloud
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European Labs Set Sights on Continent-Wide Computing Cloud

From astronomy to genomics, scientists are increasingly storing and studying their data sets on shared remote ‘cloud’ computing servers, accessed through the Internet...

The 24/7 Search For Killer Quakes
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The 24/7 Search For Killer Quakes

At 17 minutes past midnight on Saturday 25 April, Rob Sanders's computer started chiming with alerts.

Climate Scientists Discuss Future of Their Field
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Climate Scientists Discuss Future of Their Field

Some 2,000 climate scientists are flocking to Paris this week to chew over their research ahead of December's crucial round of negotiations in the French capital...

Machine Ethics: The Robot's Dilemma
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Machine Ethics: The Robot's Dilemma

In his 1942 short story 'Runaround', science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov introduced the Three Laws of Robotics—engineering safeguards and built-in ethical principles...

Graphene Booms in Factories But Lacks a Killer App
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Graphene Booms in Factories But Lacks a Killer App

The city of Manchester, UK, is gearing up for a graphene jamboree.
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