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Physicists Harness Twisted Mathematics to Make Powerful Laser
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Physicists Harness Twisted Mathematics to Make Powerful Laser

Researchers have exploited the twisty nature of topological physics to produce a high-quality beam of laser light—a step that could lead to the first practical...

Data Visualization Tools Drive Interactivity and Reproducibility in Online Publishing
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Data Visualization Tools Drive Interactivity and Reproducibility in Online Publishing

As Benjamin Delory started his paper documenting a new way to quantify plant morphology, he realized that one of the figures could pose a problem.

Artificial Neurons Compute Faster Than the Human Brain
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Artificial Neurons Compute Faster Than the Human Brain

Superconducting computing chips modelled after neurons can process information faster and more efficiently than the human brain.

Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms
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Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms

Daniel Smalley has long dreamed of building the kind of 3D holograms that pepper science-fiction films.

China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles
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China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles

For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National...

How to See a Memory
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How to See a Memory

For someone who's not a Sherlock superfan, cognitive neuroscientist Janice Chen knows the BBC's hit detective drama better than most.

Nasa Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial Gps 
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Nasa Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial Gps 

From its perch aboard the International Space Station, a NASA experiment has shown how future missions might navigate their way through deep space.

Silicon Gains Ground in Quantum-Computing Race
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Silicon Gains Ground in Quantum-Computing Race

In the next few weeks, a research group at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands expects to receive an important package. Its contents promise to...

Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes
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Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Eyes are said to be the window to the soul—but researchers at Google see them as indicators of a person's health.

Could Bitcoin Technology Help Science?
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Could Bitcoin Technology Help Science?

The much-hyped technology behind Bitcoin, known as blockchain, has intoxicated investors around the world and is now making tentative inroads into science, spurred...

Supercomputing Poised For a Massive Speed Boost
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Supercomputing Poised For a Massive Speed Boost

At the end of July, workers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee began filling up a cavernous room with the makings of a computational behemoth: row...

'alien' Dna Makes Proteins in Living Cells For the First Time
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'alien' Dna Makes Proteins in Living Cells For the First Time

Life has spent the past few billion years working with a narrow vocabulary. Now researchers have broken those rules, adding extra letters to biology's limited lexicon...

How an ­nderwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine
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How an ­nderwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine

On 15 November, Argentina's Navy lost contact with the ARA San Juan, a small diesel-powered submarine that had been involved in exercises off the east coast of...

AI-Controlled Brain Implants For Mood Disorders Tested in People
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AI-Controlled Brain Implants For Mood Disorders Tested in People

Brain implants that deliver electrical pulses tuned to a person's feelings and behaviour are being tested in people for the first time. Two teams funded by the...

Small Group Scoops International Effort to Sequence Huge Wheat Genome
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Small Group Scoops International Effort to Sequence Huge Wheat Genome

The wheat genome is finally complete.

Crispr Hacks Enable Pinpoint Repairs to Genome
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Crispr Hacks Enable Pinpoint Repairs to Genome

The toolbox for editing genes expanded this week, as two research groups announced techniques that enable researchers to make targeted alterations to DNA and RNA...

The Shape of Work to Come 
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The Shape of Work to Come 

Last year, entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun set out to augment his sales force with artificial intelligence.

Supercomputer Redesign of Aeroplane Wing Mirrors Bird Anatomy
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Supercomputer Redesign of Aeroplane Wing Mirrors Bird Anatomy

Engineers have used a supercomputing technique that mimics natural selection to design the internal structure of an aircraft wing from scratch.

Collaborative Software Development Made Easy
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Collaborative Software Development Made Easy

Sebastian Neubert, a particle physicist at Heidelberg University in Germany, leads a group studying subatomic particles called pentaquarks. The six team members...

The Drug-Maker's Guide to the Galaxy
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The Drug-Maker's Guide to the Galaxy

In 2016, the pharmaceutical firm Sunovion gave a group of seasoned employees an unusual assignment.
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