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­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.

Comet Crash: A Guide to Rosetta's Big Finale
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Comet Crash: A Guide to Rosetta's Big Finale

The Rosetta comet orbiter will meet a sticky end on 30 September, but not before a finale that should see it gather the most detailed images yet of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko—or...

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.

Mars Contamination Fear Could Divert Curiosity Rover
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Mars Contamination Fear Could Divert Curiosity Rover

Four years into its travels across Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover faces an un­expected challenge: wending its way safely among dozens of dark streaks that could indicate...

Print Your Own 3D Lucy to Work Out How the Famous Hominin Died
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Print Your Own 3D Lucy to Work Out How the Famous Hominin Died

The world's most famous fossil is now open source. 3D scans of Lucy—a 3.18-million-year-old hominin found in Ethiopia—were released on 29 August, allowing anyone...

Majority of Mathematicians Hail from Just 24 Scientific 'families'
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Majority of Mathematicians Hail from Just 24 Scientific 'families'

Most of the world's mathematicians fall into just 24 scientific 'families', one of which dates back to the fifteenth century.

Beyond Terminator: Squishy 'octobot' Heralds New Era of Soft Robotics
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Beyond Terminator: Squishy 'octobot' Heralds New Era of Soft Robotics

A squishy octopus-shaped machine less than 2 centimetres tall is making waves in the field of soft robotics.

Brain's Chemical Signals Seen in Real Time
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Brain's Chemical Signals Seen in Real Time

Neuroscientists have invented a way to watch the ebb and flow of the brain's chemical messengers in real time.

'radically Rewritten' Bacterial Genome ­nveiled
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'radically Rewritten' Bacterial Genome ­nveiled

Synthetic biologists report the most far-reaching rewiring yet of a bacterial genome.

Let the Structural Symphony Begin
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Let the Structural Symphony Begin

Like other structural biologists, Eva Nogales works in extraordinary times.

Crispr's Hopeful Monsters: Gene-Editing Storms Evo-Devo Labs
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Crispr's Hopeful Monsters: Gene-Editing Storms Evo-Devo Labs

Most summers since 1893, young developmental and evolutionary biologists have flocked to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to master the tricks of their trade.

Spiking Genomic Databases with Misinformation Could Protect Patient privacy
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Spiking Genomic Databases with Misinformation Could Protect Patient privacy

Large genomic databases are indispensable for scientists looking for genetic variations associated with diseases. But they come with privacy risks for people who...

Artificial Black Hole Creates Its Own Version of Hawking Radiation
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Artificial Black Hole Creates Its Own Version of Hawking Radiation

Black holes are not actually black. Instead, these gravitational sinks are thought to emit radiation that causes them to shrink and eventually disappear.

The Bandwidth Bottleneck that Is Throttling the Internet
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The Bandwidth Bottleneck that Is Throttling the Internet

Researchers are scrambling to repair and expand data pipes worldwide — and to keep the information revolution from grinding to a halt.

The Bandwidth Bottleneck that Is Throttling the Internet
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The Bandwidth Bottleneck that Is Throttling the Internet

On 19 June, several hundred thousand US fans of the television drama Game of Thrones went online to watch an eagerly awaited episode—and triggered a partial failure...

Beyond Crispr: A Guide to the Many Other Ways to Edit a Genome
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Beyond Crispr: A Guide to the Many Other Ways to Edit a Genome

The CRISPR–Cas9 tool enables scientists to alter genomes practically at will.

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...
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