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Hopes For Revolutionary New Lhc Particle Dashed
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Hopes For Revolutionary New Lhc Particle Dashed

It would have been bigger than finding the Higgs boson and marked the beginning of a new era in particle physics.

Legal Confusion Threatens to Slow Data Science
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Legal Confusion Threatens to Slow Data Science

Knowledge from millions of biological studies encoded into one network—that is Daniel Himmelstein's alluring description of Hetionet, a free online resource that...

Welcome to the Cyborg Olympics
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Welcome to the Cyborg Olympics

Vance Bergeron was once an amateur cyclist who rode 7,000 kilometres per year—much of it on steep climbs in the Alps.

'kudos' Promises to Help Scientists Promote Their Papers to New Audiences
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'kudos' Promises to Help Scientists Promote Their Papers to New Audiences

Few people have heard of Michele Tobias's research field—and even fewer study it.

Planet Hunters Seek New Ways to Detect Alien Life
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Planet Hunters Seek New Ways to Detect Alien Life

In the search for life beyond Earth, false alarms abound.

Chinese Satellite Is One Giant Step For the Quantum Internet
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Chinese Satellite Is One Giant Step For the Quantum Internet

China is poised to launch the world's first satellite designed to do quantum experiments. A fleet of quantum-enabled craft is likely to follow.

Chinese Scientists to Pioneer First Human Crispr Trial
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Chinese Scientists to Pioneer First Human Crispr Trial

Chinese scientists are on the verge of being first in the world to inject people with cells modified using the CRISPR–Cas9 gene-editing technique.

Human Brain Mapped in Unprecedented Detail
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Human Brain Mapped in Unprecedented Detail

Think of a spinning globe and the patchwork of countries it depicts: such maps help us to understand where we are, and that nations differ from one another.

Atom Wranglers Create Rewritable Memory
From ACM News

Atom Wranglers Create Rewritable Memory

Engineers can only stuff so much computing power into devices like smartphones and tablets before they run up against physical barriers.

How China Is Rewriting the Book on Human Origins
From ACM News

How China Is Rewriting the Book on Human Origins

On the outskirts of Beijing, a small limestone mountain named Dragon Bone Hill rises above the surrounding sprawl.

Brain-Data Gold Mine Could Reveal How Neurons Compute
From ACM News

Brain-Data Gold Mine Could Reveal How Neurons Compute

Inspired by the large-scale sky surveys with which astronomers explore the cosmos, neuroscientists in Seattle, Washington, have spent four years systematically...

Clouds Get High on Climate Change
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Clouds Get High on Climate Change

Clouds are moving up, up and away. An analysis of satellite data has found that, since the early 1980s, clouds have shifted towards Earth's poles and cloud tops...

Obama's Top Scientist Talks Shrinking Budgets, Donald Trump, and His Biggest Regret
From ACM Opinion

Obama's Top Scientist Talks Shrinking Budgets, Donald Trump, and His Biggest Regret

John Holdren is no stranger to the spotlight. Over his long career in science, Holdren—a physicist by training—has worked on controversial issues such as climate...

Expansion of Early Universe Modelled in Unprecedented Detail
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Expansion of Early Universe Modelled in Unprecedented Detail

For the first time, cosmologists have used the full power of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity to perform detailed calculations of the Universe's evolution...

First Crispr Clinical Trial Gets Green Light from US Panel
From ACM News

First Crispr Clinical Trial Gets Green Light from US Panel

CRISPR, the genome-editing technology that has taken biomedical science by storm, is finally nearing human trials.

Quantum Computer Makes First High-Energy Physics Simulation
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Quantum Computer Makes First High-Energy Physics Simulation

Physicists have performed the first full simulation of a high-energy physics experiment—the creation of pairs of particles and their antiparticles—on a quantum...

'ransomware' Cyberattack Highlights Vulnerability of Universities
From ACM News

'ransomware' Cyberattack Highlights Vulnerability of Universities

The first Patrick Feng knew about a cyberattack on his university was when one of his colleagues told him that her computer had been infected by hackers and rendered...

Ligo Detects Whispers of Another Black-Hole Merger
From ACM News

Ligo Detects Whispers of Another Black-Hole Merger

Just before 4 a.m. on 26 December, B. S. Sathyaprakash woke up to some good news: gravitational waves had been detected for only the second time in history.

A Simpler Twist of Fate
From ACM News

A Simpler Twist of Fate

Until the day it dies, a cell that has become a skin cell remains a skin cell—or so scientists used to think.

Google Moves Closer to a Universal Quantum Computer
From ACM TechNews

Google Moves Closer to a Universal Quantum Computer

An experimental prototype of a universal quantum computer can solve a wide range of problems and has the potential to be scaled up to larger systems, researchers...
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