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European Languages Linked to Migration from the East
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European Languages Linked to Migration from the East

A mysterious group of humans from the east stormed western Europe 4,500 years ago—bringing with them technologies such as the wheel, as well as a language that...

Data Bank Struggles As Protein Imaging ­ps Its Game
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Data Bank Struggles As Protein Imaging ­ps Its Game

Structural biology, the mapping of complex biological molecules such as proteins, is in the grip of a revolution.

Fiendish Wheat Genome Reveals Grain's History
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Fiendish Wheat Genome Reveals Grain's History

A draft genome sequence of wheat promises to speed efforts to breed new types of one of the world's most important crops — and to reveal the tangled genomic history...

Ambitious Plans For Brain Project Unveiled
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Ambitious Plans For Brain Project Unveiled

A working group of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented a ten-year plan for the agency's portion of a major neuroscience initiative announced last...

Imaging: Cancer Caught in the Act
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Imaging: Cancer Caught in the Act

Mikala Egeblad was blown away when she made her first action film of tumour cells inside live mice.

Wiring of Retina Reveals How Eyes Sense Motion
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Wiring of Retina Reveals How Eyes Sense Motion

A vast project to map neural connections in the mouse retina may have answered the long-standing question of how the eyes detect motion.

Basic Science Finds Corporate Refuge
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Basic Science Finds Corporate Refuge

Microsoft makes Windows, Word, and the Xbox. But it also employs scientists who make sensors to stick on the hides of elephants and rhinoceroses.

Exotic Space Particles Slam Into Buried South Pole Detector
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Exotic Space Particles Slam Into Buried South Pole Detector

A belowground experiment at the South Pole has now discovered three of the highest-energy neutrinos ever found, particles that may be created in the most violent...

Human Evolution: The Neanderthal in the Family
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Human Evolution: The Neanderthal in the Family

Before ancient DNA exposed the sexual proclivities of Neanderthals or the ancestry of the first Americans, there was the quagga.

Is the $1,000 Genome For Real?
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Is the $1,000 Genome For Real?


Genome Hacker ­ncovers Largest-Ever Family Tree
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Genome Hacker ­ncovers Largest-Ever Family Tree

Using data pulled from online genealogy sites, a renowned 'genome hacker' has constructed what is likely the biggest family trees ever assembled.

Brain Decoding: Reading Minds
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Brain Decoding: Reading Minds

Jack Gallant perches on the edge of a swivel chair in his lab at the University of California, Berkeley, fixated on the screen of a computer that is trying to decode...

Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking
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Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has upset a great many people this year.

News Mining Might Have Predicted Arab Spring
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News Mining Might Have Predicted Arab Spring

You could have foreseen the Arab Spring if only you'd been paying enough attention to the news. That's the claim of a new study that shows how data mining of...
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