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How to Stop Data Centers from Gobbling ­p the World's Electricity
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How to Stop Data Centers from Gobbling ­p the World's Electricity

Upload your latest holiday photos to Facebook, and there's a chance they'll end up stored in Prineville, Oregon, a small town where the firm has built three giant...

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 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.

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.

23andme Given Green Light to Sell Dna Tests For 10 Diseases
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23andme Given Green Light to Sell Dna Tests For 10 Diseases

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first at-home genetic test that can help to determine a person's risk of developing certain diseases....

Tech Giants Open Virtual Worlds to Bevy of AI Programs
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Tech Giants Open Virtual Worlds to Bevy of AI Programs

The Minecraft video game was familiar to José Hernández-Orallo long before he started using it for his own research.

Inside Microsoft's Quest For a Topological Quantum Computer
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Inside Microsoft's Quest For a Topological Quantum Computer

The race is on build a "universal" quantum computer. Such a device could be programmed to speedily solve problems that classical computers cannot crack, potentially...

The Power of Prediction Markets
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The Power of Prediction Markets

It was a great way to mix science with gambling, says Anna Dreber.

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...

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

AI Talent Grab Sparks Excitement and Concern
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AI Talent Grab Sparks Excitement and Concern

When Andrew Ng joined Google from Stanford University in 2011, he was among a trickle of artificial-intelligence (AI) experts in academia taking up roles in industry...

'minimal' Cell Raises Stakes in Race to Harness Synthetic Life
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'minimal' Cell Raises Stakes in Race to Harness Synthetic Life

Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism.

Crispr: Gene Editing Is Just the Beginning
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Crispr: Gene Editing Is Just the Beginning

Whenever a paper about CRISPR–Cas9 hits the press, the staff at Addgene quickly find out.

Synthetic Biology Lures Silicon Valley Investors
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Synthetic Biology Lures Silicon Valley Investors

In 2012, Emily Leproust was trying to raise money to start Twist Bioscience, a company that aimed to synthesize DNA more quickly and more cheaply than existing...

Five Solar System Sights Nasa Should Visit
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Five Solar System Sights Nasa Should Visit

It's show time for NASA's planetary programme.

Mistrust and Meddling ­nsettles ­.s. Science Agency
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Mistrust and Meddling ­nsettles ­.s. Science Agency

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has had a tough couple of years.

Mediators Call For Change to Science of Human Brain Project
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Mediators Call For Change to Science of Human Brain Project

Mediators appointed to analyse the rifts within Europe’s ambitious €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) Human Brain Project (HBP) have called for far-reaching changes both...

Physics in Finance: Trading at the Speed of Light
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Physics in Finance: Trading at the Speed of Light

Financial traders are in a race to make transactions ever faster.

Plate Tectonics Found on Europa
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Plate Tectonics Found on Europa

If you have got an idea for how to study Europa, then NASA wants to hear from you.

Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan
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Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan

The European Union's high-profile, €1-billion Human Brain Project, launched last October, has come under fire from neuroscientists, who claim that poor management...
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