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How AI Technology Can Tame the Scientific Literature
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How AI Technology Can Tame the Scientific Literature

When computer scientist Christian Berger's team sought to get its project about self-driving vehicle algorithms on the road, it faced a daunting obstacle.

How ­npaywall Is Transforming Open Science
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How ­npaywall Is Transforming Open Science

After being kicked out of a hotel conference room where they had participated in a three-day open-science workshop and hackathon, a group of computer scientists...

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal
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The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

In the midst of growing public concern over artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and the use of data, Brent Hecht has a controversial proposal: the computer-science...

Beijing Launches Pioneering Brain-Science Centre
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Beijing Launches Pioneering Brain-Science Centre

Beijing has announced plans to build a brain-science centre that will rival in size some of the world's largest neuroscience organizations. It will also serve as...

Researchers Have Finally Created a Tool to Spot Duplicated Images Across Thousands of Papers
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Researchers Have Finally Created a Tool to Spot Duplicated Images Across Thousands of Papers

Computer software can now quickly detect duplicate images across large swathes of the research literature, three scientists say.

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...

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.

The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos
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The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos

Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, specialises in detecting manipulated images and videos. Farid, who provides his...

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.

Researchers ­nite in Quest For 'standard Model' of the Brain
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Researchers ­nite in Quest For 'standard Model' of the Brain

Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain—in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles.

The 'time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks
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The 'time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks

Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice's crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts...

Software Simplified
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Software Simplified

In 2015, geneticist Guy Reeves was trying to configure a free software system called Galaxy to get his bioinformatics projects off the ground.

Planetariums, Not Just For Kids
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Planetariums, Not Just For Kids

Most researchers think of planetariums, if they think of them at all, as a place to take schoolchildren for whizzy trips through the stars, with nothing to offer...

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...

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...

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?

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.

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.

Let the Structural Symphony Begin
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Let the Structural Symphony Begin

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