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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.

How to Build a Neanderthal
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How to Build a Neanderthal

The DNA sequences of Neanderthals and other extinct human relatives have exposed lost migrations, sexual escapades and even new species.

Ancient Mars Probably Too Cold For Liquid Water
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Ancient Mars Probably Too Cold For Liquid Water

Mars' atmosphere was probably never thick enough to keep temperatures on the planet's surface above freezing for the long term, suggests research published today...

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...

'electronic Skin' Equipped with Memory
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'electronic Skin' Equipped with Memory

Researchers have created a wearable device that is as thin as a temporary tattoo and can store and transmit data about a person's movements, receive diagnostic...

Exomars Scientists Narrow Down Landing Sites
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Exomars Scientists Narrow Down Landing Sites

Scientists have picked four potential landing sites for a European rover designed to search for life on Mars.

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.

Dwarf Planet Stretches Solar System's Edge
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Dwarf Planet Stretches Solar System's Edge

The Solar System just got a lot more far-flung.

Mugshots Built from Dna Data
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Mugshots Built from Dna Data

Leaving a hair at a crime scene could one day be as damning as leaving a photograph of your face.

China's Moon Rover Awake but Immobile
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China's Moon Rover Awake but Immobile

China's Moon rover Yutu, or "Jade Rabbit," has stopped hopping. But its ears are still twitching—and communicating with Earth.

The $1,000 Genome
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The $1,000 Genome

In Silicon Valley, Moore's law seems to stand on equal footing with the natural laws codified by Isaac Newton.

Oscar-Winning Visual Effects Mastermind Behind Gravity, Talks Physics Lessons, Nasa Imagery, and Defining the Art of Cg 'weightlessness' in Space
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Oscar-Winning Visual Effects Mastermind Behind Gravity, Talks Physics Lessons, Nasa Imagery, and Defining the Art of Cg 'weightlessness' in Space

Tim Webber is a visual effects supervisor who has worked on an array of critically acclaimed blockbusters.

Computer Science: The Learning Machines
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Computer Science: The Learning Machines

Three years ago, researchers at the secretive Google X lab in Mountain View, California, extracted some 10 million still images from YouTube videos and fed them...

Autonomous Drones Flock Like Birds
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Autonomous Drones Flock Like Birds

A Hungarian team has created the first drones that can fly as a coordinated flock.

Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Gibberish Papers
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Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Gibberish Papers

The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer...

Atom Circuits a Step Closer
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Atom Circuits a Step Closer

A memory effect that is crucial in electronics has been seen for the first time in a cloud of ultracold atoms.

Medicine Gets ­p Close and Personal
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Medicine Gets ­p Close and Personal

Leroy Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle, Washington, likes to talk about what he calls P4 medicine: health care that is predictive...

Scientists Reading Fewer Papers For First Time in 35 Years
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Scientists Reading Fewer Papers For First Time in 35 Years

A 35-year trend of researchers reading ever more scholarly papers seems to have halted.

Laser Looks ­nder the Surface of Art
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Laser Looks ­nder the Surface of Art

Chemists have unveiled a technique that can get under the skin of paintings to provide a three-dimensional analysis of the old masters' works without causing any...
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