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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...

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


Comet Craft Ready to Wake
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Comet Craft Ready to Wake

Space scientists are used to moments of high tension.

The Best Time to Wage Cyberwar
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The Best Time to Wage Cyberwar

If you discover a way to hack into your enemy's computers, do you strike while the iron is hot, or patiently wait for a better opportunity to arise?

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

Deep-learning computers are advancing toward true artificial intelligence that will enable them to think as humans do. 

Nasa Lays Out Long-Term Vision For Astrophysics
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Nasa Lays Out Long-Term Vision For Astrophysics

A new year is a good time to make long-term plans, and NASA has jumped into the deep end of planning.

Distant Planet Weighed ­sing Clues from Starlight
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Distant Planet Weighed ­sing Clues from Starlight

Researchers have weighed a planet orbiting a distant star by measuring the starlight passing through its atmosphere.

Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money
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Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money

Planetary geologist Ellen Stofan joined NASA in August as the agency's chief scientist, an overarching role in which she advises on the science of all NASA programmes...

Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.

Graphene: The Quest For Supercarbon
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Graphene: The Quest For Supercarbon

Mr G gazes out from a recruitment poster hanging in an engineering building in Cambridge, U.K.

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger Lhc
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Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger Lhc

When Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started up in 2008, particle physicists would not have dreamt of asking for something bigger until they got their US$5...

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...

Nasa Missions Struggle to Cope with Shutdown
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Nasa Missions Struggle to Cope with Shutdown

All it took was four minutes.

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.

Formula Predicts Research Papers' Future Citations
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Formula Predicts Research Papers' Future Citations

It sounds like a science administrator’s dream—or a scientist's worst nightmare: a formula that predicts how often research papers will be cited.

Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?
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Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?

It could be time to bid the Big Bang bye-bye. Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional star collapsed...

Gaming Improves Multitasking Skills
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Gaming Improves Multitasking Skills

Sixty-five-year-old Ann Linsey was starting to worry about how easily she got distracted from whatever she was doing.

Quantum Paradox Seen in Diamond
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Quantum Paradox Seen in Diamond

A quantum effect named after an ancient Greek puzzle has been observed in diamond, paving the way for the use of diamond crystals in quantum computer chips.

­.s. Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics
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­.s. Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics

The false mouse memories made the ethicists uneasy. By stimulating certain neurons in the hippocampus, Susumu Tonegawa and his colleagues caused mice to recall...
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