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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...

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....

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality
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Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

"It feels like the entire universe is within a sphere that is maybe within a couple metres' radius," says topologist Henry Segerman at Oklahoma State University...

U.s. Science Agencies Face Deep Cuts in Trump Budget
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U.s. Science Agencies Face Deep Cuts in Trump Budget

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health are big losers — but planetary science at NASA stands to gain.

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

Artificial-intelligence programs harness game-theory strategies and deep learning to defeat human professionals in two-player hold'em.

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...

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time
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The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time

The first time molecular biologist Greg Hannon flew through a tumour, he was astonished—and inspired.

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...

US Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies
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US 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...

Cosmic Test Backs 'quantum Spookiness'
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Cosmic Test Backs 'quantum Spookiness'

A version of an iconic experiment to confirm quantum theory has for the first time used the light of distant stars to bolster the case for a phenomenon that Albert...

Neuroscience: Big Brain, Big Data
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Neuroscience: Big Brain, Big Data

As big brain-mapping initiatives go, Taiwan's might seem small.

Google Reveals Secret Test of AI Bot to Beat Top Go Players
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Google Reveals Secret Test of AI Bot to Beat Top Go Players

A mystery player causing a stir in the world of the complex strategy game Go has been revealed as an updated version of AlphaGo, the artificial-intelligence program...

Controversial Impact Factor Gets a Heavyweight Rival
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Controversial Impact Factor Gets a Heavyweight Rival

One of science's most contentious metrics has a flashy new rival. On 8 December, publishing giant Elsevier launched the CiteScore index to assess the quality of...

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.

AI Science Search Engines Expand Their Reach
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AI Science Search Engines Expand Their Reach

A free AI-based scholarly search engine that aims to outdo Google Scholar is expanding its corpus of papers to cover some 10 million research articles in computer...

The Real-Time Technicolour Living Brain
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The Real-Time Technicolour Living Brain

Rosa Cossart thinks she knows what a memory looks like.
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