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Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current
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Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current

The North Atlantic Ocean is a major driver of the global currents that regulate Earth's climate, mix the oceans and sequester carbon from the atmosphere—but researchers...

Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa
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Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa

Data scientists in South Africa are readying themselves for a flood of information that is due to crash over them when the country's biggest radio telescope doubles...

Physicists Harness Twisted Mathematics to Make Powerful Laser
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Physicists Harness Twisted Mathematics to Make Powerful Laser

Researchers have exploited the twisty nature of topological physics to produce a high-quality beam of laser light—a step that could lead to the first practical...

Data Visualization Tools Drive Interactivity and Reproducibility in Online Publishing
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Data Visualization Tools Drive Interactivity and Reproducibility in Online Publishing

As Benjamin Delory started his paper documenting a new way to quantify plant morphology, he realized that one of the figures could pose a problem.

Artificial Neurons Compute Faster Than the Human Brain
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Artificial Neurons Compute Faster Than the Human Brain

Superconducting computing chips modelled after neurons can process information faster and more efficiently than the human brain.

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...

How to See a Memory
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How to See a Memory

For someone who's not a Sherlock superfan, cognitive neuroscientist Janice Chen knows the BBC's hit detective drama better than most.

Nasa Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial Gps 
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Nasa Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial Gps 

From its perch aboard the International Space Station, a NASA experiment has shown how future missions might navigate their way through deep space.

Silicon Gains Ground in Quantum-Computing Race
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Silicon Gains Ground in Quantum-Computing Race

In the next few weeks, a research group at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands expects to receive an important package. Its contents promise to...

Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes
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Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Eyes are said to be the window to the soul—but researchers at Google see them as indicators of a person's health.

Could Bitcoin Technology Help Science?
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Could Bitcoin Technology Help Science?

The much-hyped technology behind Bitcoin, known as blockchain, has intoxicated investors around the world and is now making tentative inroads into science, spurred...

Supercomputing Poised For a Massive Speed Boost
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Supercomputing Poised For a Massive Speed Boost

At the end of July, workers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee began filling up a cavernous room with the makings of a computational behemoth: row...

'alien' Dna Makes Proteins in Living Cells For the First Time
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'alien' Dna Makes Proteins in Living Cells For the First Time

Life has spent the past few billion years working with a narrow vocabulary. Now researchers have broken those rules, adding extra letters to biology's limited lexicon...

How an Underwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine
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How an Underwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine

On 15 November, Argentina's Navy lost contact with the ARA San Juan, a small diesel-powered submarine that had been involved in exercises off the east coast of...

AI-Controlled Brain Implants For Mood Disorders Tested in People
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AI-Controlled Brain Implants For Mood Disorders Tested in People

Brain implants that deliver electrical pulses tuned to a person's feelings and behaviour are being tested in people for the first time. Two teams funded by the...

Exoplanet Hunters Rethink Search For Alien Life
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Exoplanet Hunters Rethink Search For Alien Life

Steve Desch can see the future of exoplanet research, and it's not pretty.

Small Group Scoops International Effort to Sequence Huge Wheat Genome
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Small Group Scoops International Effort to Sequence Huge Wheat Genome

The wheat genome is finally complete.

Crispr Hacks Enable Pinpoint Repairs to Genome
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Crispr Hacks Enable Pinpoint Repairs to Genome

The toolbox for editing genes expanded this week, as two research groups announced techniques that enable researchers to make targeted alterations to DNA and RNA...

Photons Pair Up Like Superconducting Electrons
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Photons Pair Up Like Superconducting Electrons

Superconductivity—a phenomenon in which electrons can travel through certain materials with zero resistance—has revolutionized parts of medicine, travel and science...
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