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­S Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies
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­S 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.

Donald Trump's US Election Win Stuns Scientists
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Donald Trump's US Election Win Stuns Scientists

Republican businessman and reality-television star Donald Trump will be the United States' next president.

Scientists Can Publish Their Best Work at Any Age
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Scientists Can Publish Their Best Work at Any Age

Hoping that your next paper will be the big one?

The Power of Prediction Markets
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The Power of Prediction Markets

It was a great way to mix science with gambling, says Anna Dreber.

The Polling Crisis: How to Tell What People Really Think
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The Polling Crisis: How to Tell What People Really Think

Hillary Clinton is heading for a landslide victory over Donald Trump. But wait.

Google's AI Reasons Its Way Around the London ­nderground
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Google's AI Reasons Its Way Around the London ­nderground

Artificial-intelligence systems known as neural networks can recognize images, translate languages and even master the ancient game of Go. But their limited ability...

World's Tiniest Machines Win Chemistry Nobel
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World's Tiniest Machines Win Chemistry Nobel

Three chemists who created tiny molecular machines have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their intricate designs.

Can We Open the Black Box of Ai?
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Can We Open the Black Box of Ai?

Dean Pomerleau can still remember his first tussle with the black-box problem.

Deep Learning Boosts Google Translate Tool
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Deep Learning Boosts Google Translate Tool

Google's online translation service, Google Translate, will soon be using a new algorithm that is entirely based on deep learning, the company announced on 27 September...

­S Sharpens Surveillance of Crippling Solar Storms
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­S Sharpens Surveillance of Crippling Solar Storms

In the fight to protect Earth from solar storms, the battle lines are drawn in space at a point 1.6 million kilometres away.

Daring Chinese Telescope Is Poised to Transform Astronomy
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Daring Chinese Telescope Is Poised to Transform Astronomy

Set in a remote natural depression in the mountainous region of Guizhou, China, the world's largest single-dish telescope is on the brink of sparking a new era...

Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement, and Concern
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Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement, and Concern

Worries include how to coordinate research programs and resources from different countries.

Geneticists Attempt to Heal Rifts with Aboriginal Communities
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Geneticists Attempt to Heal Rifts with Aboriginal Communities

In 1938, anthropologists Norman Tindale and Joseph Birdsell set off on an 18-month, 29,000-kilometre expedition to survey Australia's indigenous groups.
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