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Largest Overhaul of Scientific ­nits Since the French Revolution Wins Approval
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Largest Overhaul of Scientific ­nits Since the French Revolution Wins Approval

In the biggest overhaul of the international system of units since 1875, countries have voted to redefine four basic units of measurement—the ampere, the kilogram...

Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet
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Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet

Plans to build two working quantum computers are among the first winners to be announced in a €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) funding initiative of the European Commission...

Self-Driving Car Dilemmas Reveal That Moral Choices Are Not ­niversal
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Self-Driving Car Dilemmas Reveal That Moral Choices Are Not ­niversal

The largest-ever multinational survey on machine ethics found many moral precepts that guide a driver's decisions are not universal.

Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns
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Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns

Genetic sleuthing techniques that led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case this year are set to become vastly more powerful, suggest...

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.

A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape
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A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape

Julia Stewart Lowndes studied metre-long Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), tagging them to track their dives, as a graduate student at Stanford University in California...

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

Brent Hecht, chair of ACM's Future of Computing Academy, proposes revising the peer review process to ensure scientists report negative societal consequences of...

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...

CRISPR Gene Editing Produces ­nwanted DNA Deletions
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CRISPR Gene Editing Produces ­nwanted DNA Deletions

Researchers have embraced CRISPR gene-editing as a method for altering genomes, but some are cautioning that unwanted DNA changes may slip by undetected.

The Scant Science Behind Cambridge Analytica's Controversial Marketing Techniques 
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The Scant Science Behind Cambridge Analytica's Controversial Marketing Techniques 

The practices of Cambridge Analytica, a data-analytics firm involved in US President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, have made headlines around the world...

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.

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...

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.

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.

Crispr Fixes Disease Gene in Viable Human Embryos
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Crispr Fixes Disease Gene in Viable Human Embryos

An international team of researchers has used CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing—a technique that allows scientists to make precise changes to genomes with relative ease—to...

The Mathematicians Who Want to Save Democracy
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The Mathematicians Who Want to Save Democracy

Leaning back in his chair, Jonathan Mattingly swings his legs up onto his desk, presses a key on his laptop and changes the results of the 2012 elections in North...

Earth-Observing Companies Push For More-Advanced Science Satellites
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Earth-Observing Companies Push For More-Advanced Science Satellites

Never have so many private eyes looked down at Earth.

The Shock Tactics Set to Shake ­p Immunology
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The Shock Tactics Set to Shake ­p Immunology

Six times a day, Katrin pauses whatever she's doing, removes a small magnet from her pocket and touches it to a raised patch of skin just below her collar bone....
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