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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...

The Shape of Work to Come 
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The Shape of Work to Come 

Last year, entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun set out to augment his sales force with artificial intelligence.

The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos
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The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos

Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, specialises in detecting manipulated images and videos. Farid, who provides his...

Supercomputer Redesign of Aeroplane Wing Mirrors Bird Anatomy
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Supercomputer Redesign of Aeroplane Wing Mirrors Bird Anatomy

Engineers have used a supercomputing technique that mimics natural selection to design the internal structure of an aircraft wing from scratch.

Collaborative Software Development Made Easy
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Collaborative Software Development Made Easy

Sebastian Neubert, a particle physicist at Heidelberg University in Germany, leads a group studying subatomic particles called pentaquarks. The six team members...

Risk of Human-Triggered Earthquakes Laid Out in Biggest-Ever Database
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Risk of Human-Triggered Earthquakes Laid Out in Biggest-Ever Database

From mining projects to oil and gas operations, human activity has set off earthquakes around the world and in many geological settings.

The Drug-Maker's Guide to the Galaxy
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The Drug-Maker's Guide to the Galaxy

In 2016, the pharmaceutical firm Sunovion gave a group of seasoned employees an unusual assignment.

Researchers Unite in Quest for 'Standard Model' of the Brain
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Researchers Unite in Quest for 'Standard Model' of the Brain

Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain—in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles.

Cassini Crashes Into Saturn but Could Still Deliver Big Discoveries
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Cassini Crashes Into Saturn but Could Still Deliver Big Discoveries

At 4:55 a.m. California time on 15 September, hundreds of scientists watched their life's work go up in flames.

Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed by Satellites
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Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed by Satellites

As an ice sheet melts, it leaves a unique signature behind. Complex geological processes distribute the meltwater in a distinct pattern, or 'fingerprint', thatthese...

Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their DNA
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Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their DNA

A storm of criticism has rained down on a paper by genome-sequencing pioneer Craig Venter that claims to predict people's physical traits from their DNA.

Massive Genetic Study Shows How Humans Are Evolving
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Massive Genetic Study Shows How Humans Are Evolving

A huge genetic study that sought to pinpoint how the human genome is evolving suggests that natural selection is getting rid of harmful genetic mutations that shorten...

Plot a Course Through the Genome
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Plot a Course Through the Genome

Chromatin does much more than just keep DNA neat and tidy.

Reprogrammed Cells Relieve Parkinson's Symptoms in Trials 
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Reprogrammed Cells Relieve Parkinson's Symptoms in Trials 

Japanese researchers report promising results from an experimental therapy for Parkinson's disease that involves implanting neurons made from 'reprogrammed' stem...

Cassini's 13 Years of Stunning Saturn Science—in Pictures
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Cassini's 13 Years of Stunning Saturn Science—in Pictures

Twenty years ago, in the wee hours of a muggy Florida morning, the Cassini spacecraft lit up the skies as it blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

Europe's X-ray Laser Fires Up
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Europe's X-ray Laser Fires Up

Scientists who make movies of molecules in motion have a new high-speed camera to shoot with. The €1.2-billion (US$1.4-billion) European X-ray Free Electron Laser...

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

Researchers are combining artificial intelligence and climate science to create deep-learning analyses of weather patterns.
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