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Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'Planet Nine'
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Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'Planet Nine'

An analysis of four icy bodies discovered in the outer Solar System reveals no sign that they are being influenced by a large, unseen planet lurking beyond Neptune...

The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors
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The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors

Jerry Paros is worried about the geological time bomb ticking away just off the coast near his home in Washington state.

China's Quantum Satellite Clears Major Hurdle on Way to Ultrasecure Communications
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China's Quantum Satellite Clears Major Hurdle on Way to Ultrasecure Communications

Just months into its mission, the world's first quantum-communications satellite has achieved one of its most ambitious goals.

The 'Time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks
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The 'Time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks

Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice's crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts...

The Mathematicians Who Want to Save Democracy
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The Mathematicians Who Want to Save Democracy

Leaning back in his chair, Jonathan Mattingly swings his legs up onto his desk, presses a key on his laptop and changes the results of the 2012 elections in North...

Hubble Sees Light Bending Around Nearby Star
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Hubble Sees Light Bending Around Nearby Star

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted light bending because of the gravity of a nearby white dwarf star—the first time astronomers have seen this type of distortion...

Neuroscientists Rethink How the Brain Recognizes Faces
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Neuroscientists Rethink How the Brain Recognizes Faces

People can pick a familiar face out of a crowd without thinking too much about it. But how the brain actually does this has eluded researchers for years.

Mummy DNA Unravels Ancient Egyptians' Ancestry
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Mummy DNA Unravels Ancient Egyptians' Ancestry

The tombs of ancient Egypt have yielded golden collars and ivory bracelets, but another treasure—human DNA—has proved elusive.

Software Simplified
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Software Simplified

In 2015, geneticist Guy Reeves was trying to configure a free software system called Galaxy to get his bioinformatics projects off the ground.

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites
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Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites

Never have so many private eyes looked down at Earth.

Satellite Images Reveal Gaps in Global Population Data
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Satellite Images Reveal Gaps in Global Population Data

Nigerian health officials won't have to rely on flawed, decade-old census data when they plan deliveries of the measles vaccine next year.

Pocket Laboratories
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Pocket Laboratories

As spring turns to summer along the east coast of the United States, thoughts turn to holidays, beaches, picnics—and mosquitoes.

Planetariums, Not Just for Kids
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Planetariums, Not Just for Kids

Most researchers think of planetariums, if they think of them at all, as a place to take schoolchildren for whizzy trips through the stars, with nothing to offer...

The Shock Tactics Set to Shake Up Immunology
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The Shock Tactics Set to Shake Up Immunology

Six times a day, Katrin pauses whatever she's doing, removes a small magnet from her pocket and touches it to a raised patch of skin just below her collar bone....

DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles
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DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles

Leonid Mirny swivels in his office chair and grabs the power cord for his laptop.

Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts
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Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts

Meteorologists have long struggled to forecast storms and flooding at the level of streets and neighborhoods, but they may soon make headway thanks to the spread...

23andMe Given Green Light to Sell DNA Tests for 10 Diseases
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23andMe Given Green Light to Sell DNA Tests for 10 Diseases

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first at-home genetic test that can help to determine a person's risk of developing certain diseases....

Machine Learning Predicts the Look of Stem Cells
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Machine Learning Predicts the Look of Stem Cells

No two stem cells are identical, even if they are genetic clones.

The DIY Electronics Transforming Research
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The DIY Electronics Transforming Research

A research subject watches a brush slowly stroking a rubber hand on a table in front of her, while her own hand—hidden from view—experiences the same stimulation...

How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth
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How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth

Here's how to catch a black hole. First, spend many years enlisting eight of the top radio observatories across four continents to join forces for an unprecedented...
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