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All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter Mercury's Orbit
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All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter Mercury's Orbit

A European rocket is ready to launch the most ambitious mission ever taken towards Mercury, Earth's once-neglected sibling in the Solar System.

Riskiest Landing of Japan's Asteroid Mission Delayed ­ntil January
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Riskiest Landing of Japan's Asteroid Mission Delayed ­ntil January

Touchdown of the Hayabusa2 mothership has been postponed because of unexpectedly rough terrain.

Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns
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Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns

Genetic sleuthing techniques that led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case this year are set to become vastly more powerful, suggest...

Japanese Rover Lands on Ancient Asteroid for 16-Hour Mission
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Japanese Rover Lands on Ancient Asteroid for 16-Hour Mission

A third rover has touched down on the surface of asteroid Ryugu, marking a hat-trick of successful landings for the Japanese Hayabusa2 space mission.

A New Way to Capture the Brain's Electrical Symphony
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A New Way to Capture the Brain's Electrical Symphony

Biophysicist Adam Cohen was strolling around San Francisco, California, in 2010, when a telephone call caught him by surprise. "We have a signal," said the caller...

How to Stop Data Centers from Gobbling ­p the World's Electricity
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How to Stop Data Centers from Gobbling ­p the World's Electricity

Upload your latest holiday photos to Facebook, and there's a chance they'll end up stored in Prineville, Oregon, a small town where the firm has built three giant...

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

When computer scientist Christian Berger's team sought to get its project about self-driving vehicle algorithms on the road, it faced a daunting obstacle.

Artificial Intelligence Nails Predictions of Earthquake Aftershocks
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Artificial Intelligence Nails Predictions of Earthquake Aftershocks

A machine-learning study that analysed hundreds of thousands of earthquakes beat the standard method at predicting the location of aftershocks.

Asteroid Ryugu Poses Landing Risks for Japanese Mission
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Asteroid Ryugu Poses Landing Risks for Japanese Mission

After inspecting asteroid Ryugu for two months, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed the sites where the Hayabusa2 spacecraft will touchdown...

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...

How ­npaywall Is Transforming Open Science
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How ­npaywall Is Transforming Open Science

After being kicked out of a hotel conference room where they had participated in a three-day open-science workshop and hackathon, a group of computer scientists...

LHC Physicists Embrace Brute-Force Approach to Particle Hunt
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LHC Physicists Embrace Brute-Force Approach to Particle Hunt

A once-controversial approach to particle physics has entered the mainstream at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

CRISPR 'Barcodes' Map Mammalian Development in Exquisite Detail
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CRISPR 'Barcodes' Map Mammalian Development in Exquisite Detail

For the first time, scientists have wielded CRISPR to track a mammal's development from a single egg into an embryo with millions of cells.

Thousands of exotic 'Topological' Materials Discovered through Sweeping Search
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Thousands of exotic 'Topological' Materials Discovered through Sweeping Search

The already buzzing field of topological physics could be about to explode.

Entire Yeast Genome Squeezed Into One Lone Chromosome
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Entire Yeast Genome Squeezed Into One Lone Chromosome

For millions of years, brewer's yeast and its close relatives have packed their DNA into 16 distinct chromosomes.

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

Brent Hecht, chair of ACM's Future of Computing Academy, proposes revising the peer review process to ensure scientists report negative societal consequences of...

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...

There's Water on Mars! Signs of Buried Lake Tantalize Scientists
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There's Water on Mars! Signs of Buried Lake Tantalize Scientists

A large saltwater lake seems to lurk under ice near Mars's south pole.

A Record-Breaking Microscope
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A Record-Breaking Microscope

In a paper Nature, Jiang et al.1 report the highest-magnification image ever obtained using a transmission electron microscope.
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