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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...

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.

The Shock Tactics Set to Shake ­p Immunology
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The Shock Tactics Set to Shake ­p 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....

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....

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy
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How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

A complex variant of poker is the latest game to be mastered by artificial intelligence (AI). And it has been conquered not once, but twice, by two rival bots developed...

How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses
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How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses

For doctors trying to treat people who have symptoms that have no clear cause, gene-sequencing technologies might help in pointing them to a diagnosis. But the...

Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over Crispr Patents
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Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over Crispr Patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has upheld a series of patents granted for the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology to the Broad Institute of MIT and...

­S Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies
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­S Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies

Scientists should be permitted to modify human embryos destined for implantation in the womb to eliminate devastating genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anaemia...

CRISPR Heavyweights Battle in US Patent Court
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CRISPR Heavyweights Battle in US Patent Court

It was a tough day in US patent court for the University of California, Berkeley.

Donald Trump's US Election Win Stuns Scientists
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Donald Trump's US Election Win Stuns Scientists

Republican businessman and reality-television star Donald Trump will be the United States' next president.

The Power of Prediction Markets
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The Power of Prediction Markets

It was a great way to mix science with gambling, says Anna Dreber.

Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement, and Concern
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Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement, and Concern

Worries include how to coordinate research programs and resources from different countries.

Mars Contamination Fear Could Divert Curiosity Rover
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Mars Contamination Fear Could Divert Curiosity Rover

Four years into its travels across Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover faces an un­expected challenge: wending its way safely among dozens of dark streaks that could indicate...

Spiking Genomic Databases with Misinformation Could Protect Patient privacy
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Spiking Genomic Databases with Misinformation Could Protect Patient privacy

Large genomic databases are indispensable for scientists looking for genetic variations associated with diseases. But they come with privacy risks for people who...

The Bandwidth Bottleneck that Is Throttling the Internet
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The Bandwidth Bottleneck that Is Throttling the Internet

On 19 June, several hundred thousand US fans of the television drama Game of Thrones went online to watch an eagerly awaited episode—and triggered a partial failure...

Legal Confusion Threatens to Slow Data Science
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Legal Confusion Threatens to Slow Data Science

Knowledge from millions of biological studies encoded into one network—that is Daniel Himmelstein's alluring description of Hetionet, a free online resource that...

'ransomware' Cyberattack Highlights Vulnerability of ­niversities
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'ransomware' Cyberattack Highlights Vulnerability of ­niversities

The first Patrick Feng knew about a cyberattack on his university was when one of his colleagues told him that her computer had been infected by hackers and rendered...

Plan to Synthesize Human Genome Elicits Mixed Response
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Plan to Synthesize Human Genome Elicits Mixed Response

Proposals for a large public-private initiative to synthesize an entire human genome from scratch—an effort that could take a decade and require billions of dollars...

Digital Forensics: From the Crime Lab to the Library
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Digital Forensics: From the Crime Lab to the Library

When archivists at California's Stanford University received the collected papers of the late palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould in 2004, they knew right away they...

1,500 Scientists Lift the Lid on Reproducibility
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1,500 Scientists Lift the Lid on Reproducibility

More than 70% of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, and more than half have failed to reproduce their own experiments...
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