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Quantum Bits Get Their First Compression
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Quantum Bits Get Their First Compression

Without algorithms that compress data to encode information into fewer bits, hard drives would clog up and Internet traffic would slow to a snail's pace.

'smart Genes' Prove Elusive
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'smart Genes' Prove Elusive

Scientists looking for the genes underlying intelligence are in for a slog.

Plate Tectonics Found on Europa
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Plate Tectonics Found on Europa

If you have got an idea for how to study Europa, then NASA wants to hear from you.

Earth's New Address: 'solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea'
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Earth's New Address: 'solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea'

The supercluster of galaxies that includes the Milky Way is 100 times bigger in volume and mass than previously thought, a team of astronomers says.

Entangled Photons Make a Picture from a Paradox
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Entangled Photons Make a Picture from a Paradox

Physicists have devised a way to take pictures using light that has not interacted with the object being photographed.

Neanderthals: Bone Technique Redrafts Prehistory
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Neanderthals: Bone Technique Redrafts Prehistory

Neanderthals and humans lived together in Europe for thousands of years, concludes a timeline based on radiocarbon dates from 40 key sites across Europe.

Only 10 Midges Needed to Make a Swarm
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Only 10 Midges Needed to Make a Swarm

To most people, a cloud of midges is an annoyance.

Organic Synthesis: The Robo-Chemist
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Organic Synthesis: The Robo-Chemist

In faded photographs from the 1960s, organic-chemistry laboratories look like an alchemist's paradise.

Fiendish Million-Dollar Proof Eludes Mathematicians
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Fiendish Million-Dollar Proof Eludes Mathematicians

Is a solution to one of the most important, beautiful and potentially lucrative problems in mathematics right around the corner?

Mars Slow to Yield Its Secrets
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Mars Slow to Yield Its Secrets

Thunderous applause greeted planetary carto­grapher Ken Tanaka of the US Geological Survey on 14 July as he unveiled a new geological map of Mars.

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...

Mars Rover Facing Harshest Journey Yet
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Mars Rover Facing Harshest Journey Yet

After making it across 8.5 kilometres on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is now facing some of the most dangerous terrain it has ever encountered.

Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan
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Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan

The European Union's high-profile, €1-billion Human Brain Project, launched last October, has come under fire from neuroscientists, who claim that poor management...

3D Images Remodel History
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3D Images Remodel History

It took hundreds of thousands of workers decades to create China's terracotta army, but digital avatars made in minutes could solve the lingering mystery of one...

China's Lunar Rover Limps Into Another Long Night
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China's Lunar Rover Limps Into Another Long Night

As it plunges into another two-week long 'lunar night', Jade Rabbit, China's Moon rover, is living on borrowed time.

Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock Yet
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Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock Yet

By exploiting the tricks of quantum physics, researchers say they could build a worldwide network of atomic clocks that are much more accurate than any single clock...

Sound Clue in Hunt For Mh370
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Sound Clue in Hunt For Mh370

Researchers are exploring what may be the first promising lead in months in the search for the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

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...

Theoretical Physics: Complexity on the Horizon
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Theoretical Physics: Complexity on the Horizon

When physicist Leonard Susskind gives talks these days, he often wears a black T-shirt proclaiming "I ♥ Complexity".

Computer Model Predicts Academic Success
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Computer Model Predicts Academic Success

The mantra "publish or perish" is drilled into every early-career scientist—and for good reason, a computer model suggests.
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