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Autonomous Vehicles: No Drivers Required
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Autonomous Vehicles: No Drivers Required

This summer, people will cruise through the streets of Greenwich, U.K., in electric shuttles with no one's hands on the steering wheel—or any steering wheel at...

Comet Scientists Abandon Philae Flyby
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Comet Scientists Abandon Philae Flyby

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will not make a dedicated flyby to search for the lost comet lander Philae any time soon, according to a post on...

Graphene's Cousin Silicene Makes Transistor Debut
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Graphene's Cousin Silicene Makes Transistor Debut

Seven years ago, silicene was little more than a theorist's dream.

Programming: Pick ­p Python
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Programming: Pick ­p Python

Last month, Adina Howe took up a post at Iowa State University in Ames. Officially, she is an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering.

Hunt For Philae Hangs in the Balance
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Hunt For Philae Hangs in the Balance

Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are debating whether to change part of the Rosetta mission in what would probably be the last attempt to find lost...

Astronomy: Laser Focus
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Astronomy: Laser Focus

On clear, moonless evenings, most of the biggest optical telescopes around the world begin the night's observations by firing a golden laser beam at the sky.

Attempts to Predict Terrorist Attacks Hit Limits
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Attempts to Predict Terrorist Attacks Hit Limits

From France to Nigeria, the world is reeling from a wave of deadly terrorist attacks.

Tropical Paradise Inspires Virtual Ecology Lab
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Tropical Paradise Inspires Virtual Ecology Lab

A paradise on Earth could soon become the first ecosystem in the world to be replicated in digital form in pain­staking detail, from the genes of its plants and...

Exoplanet Bounty Includes Most Earth-Like Worlds Yet
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Exoplanet Bounty Includes Most Earth-Like Worlds Yet

NASA's Kepler space telescope has hit a milestone: confirming the existence of 1,000 planets, including a fresh crop of alien worlds that are more Earth-like than...

Galaxy Seen Shuddering from Ancient Collision
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Galaxy Seen Shuddering from Ancient Collision

Using thousands of exposures from the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have created the sharpest and deepest image ever assembled of the Andromeda galaxy.

Comet Lander's Location Still Eludes Scientists
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Comet Lander's Location Still Eludes Scientists

More than a month after the Philae spacecraft bounced to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, European Space Agency scientists still have not been able...

­ndersea Robot Explores Life Below Arctic Ice
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­ndersea Robot Explores Life Below Arctic Ice

While 2014 has not been kind to rockets, it has been a banner year for robots of all stripes.

STEM Cells: The Black Box of Reprogramming
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STEM Cells: The Black Box of Reprogramming

Eggs and sperm do it when they combine to make an embryo.

Titan's Giant Dunes Track Ancient Climate
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Titan's Giant Dunes Track Ancient Climate

Long sand dunes that ripple across Saturn's moon Titan may have been there for thousands of years, results from NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggest.

Physics: Quantum Computer Quest
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Physics: Quantum Computer Quest

When asked what he likes best about working for Google, physicist John Martinis does not mention the famous massage chairs in the hallways, or the free snacks available...

­S Regulators Move on Thought-Controlled Prosthetics
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­S Regulators Move on Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

For the first time since accidents severed the neural connection between their brains and limbs, a small number of patients are reaching out and feeling the world...

Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow
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Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow

Walking in crowds means predicting the future.

Joint Effort Nabs Next Wave of ­S Supercomputers
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Joint Effort Nabs Next Wave of ­S Supercomputers

Once locked in an arms race with each other for the fastest supercomputers, US national laboratories are now banding together to buy their next-generation machines...

Google Scholar Pioneer on Search Engine’s Future
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Google Scholar Pioneer on Search Engine’s Future

As the search engine approaches its 10th birthday, Nature speaks to the co-creator of Google Scholar.

Half of Stars Lurk Outside Galaxies
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Half of Stars Lurk Outside Galaxies

Astronomers have spotted a faint cosmic glow, unseen until now, that may come from stars that float adrift between galaxies.
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