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The Struggle with Image Glut
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The Struggle with Image Glut

As the fruit-fly larva wriggles forwards in the video, a crackle of neural activity shoots up its half-millimetre-long body.

Software Error Doomed Japanese Hitomi Spacecraft
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Software Error Doomed Japanese Hitomi Spacecraft

Japan's flagship astronomical satellite Hitomi, which launched successfully on 17 February but tumbled out of control five weeks later, may have been doomed by...

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...

Europe Plans Giant Billion-Euro Quantum Technologies Project
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Europe Plans Giant Billion-Euro Quantum Technologies Project

The European Commission has quietly announced plans to launch a €1-billion (US$1.13 billion) project to boost a raft of quantum technologies—from secure communication...

Gene-Editing Hack Yields Pinpoint Precision
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Gene-Editing Hack Yields Pinpoint Precision

A painstaking re-engineering of the CRISPR gene-editing system has given researchers the ability to alter individual DNA letters efficiently in a given gene.

Zoo of Theories Showcased in Publications on Lhc Anomaly
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Zoo of Theories Showcased in Publications on Lhc Anomaly

Hints of a new subatomic particle at the world’s most powerful atom smasher have inspired theoretical physicists to write more than 300 papers in the past four...

Gene-Edited Crispr Mushroom Escapes ­S Regulation
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Gene-Edited Crispr Mushroom Escapes ­S Regulation

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will not regulate a mushroom genetically modified with the gene-editing tool CRISPR–Cas9.

First Paralysed Person to Be 'reanimated' Offers Neuroscience Insights
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First Paralysed Person to Be 'reanimated' Offers Neuroscience Insights

A quadriplegic man who has become the first person to be implanted with technology that sends signals from the brain to muscles—allowing him to regain some movement...

Rescued Japanese Spacecraft Delivers First Results from Venus
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Rescued Japanese Spacecraft Delivers First Results from Venus

After an unplanned five-year detour, Japan's Venus probe, Akatsuki, has come back to life with a bang.

Measurement of Universe's Expansion Rate Creates Cosmological Puzzle
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Measurement of Universe's Expansion Rate Creates Cosmological Puzzle

The most precise measurement ever made of the current rate of expansion of the Universe has produced a value that appears incompatible with measurements of radiation...

Hiv Overcomes Crispr Gene-Editing Attack
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Hiv Overcomes Crispr Gene-Editing Attack

HIV can defeat efforts to cripple it with CRISPR gene-editing technology, researchers say. And the very act of editing—involving snipping at the virus’s genome—may...

Controversial Dark-Matter Claim Faces ­ltimate Test
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Controversial Dark-Matter Claim Faces ­ltimate Test

It is the elephant in the room for dark-matter research: a claimed detection that is hard to believe, impossible to confirm and surprisingly difficult to explain...

Biology Software Promises Easier Way to Program Living Cells
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Biology Software Promises Easier Way to Program Living Cells

Synthetic biologists have created software that automates the design of DNA circuits for living cells.

Massive Network of Robotic Ocean Probes Gets Smart ­pgrade
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Massive Network of Robotic Ocean Probes Gets Smart ­pgrade

The Southern Ocean guards its secrets well. Strong winds and punishing waves have kept all except the hardiest sailors at bay.

'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.

The Black-Hole Collision That Reshaped Physics
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The Black-Hole Collision That Reshaped Physics

The event was catastrophic on a cosmic scale—a merger of black holes that violently shook the surrounding fabric of space and time, and sent a blast of space-time...

Mobile-Phone Health Apps Deliver Data Bounty
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Mobile-Phone Health Apps Deliver Data Bounty

Last summer, physician Yvonne Chan wondered how the wildfires raging through Washington state were affecting people with asthma—for whom smoke and heat can trigger...

Living Factories of the Future
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Living Factories of the Future

From an evolutionary perspective, yeast has no business producing a pain killer. But by re-engineering the microbe's genome, Christina Smolke at Stanford University...

Oldest Ancient-Human Dna Details Dawn of Neanderthals
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Oldest Ancient-Human Dna Details Dawn of Neanderthals

Matthias Meyer has just published the results of what may be the world's most wasteful genome-sequencing project.

On the Hunt For a Mystery Planet
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On the Hunt For a Mystery Planet

Astronomer Scott Sheppard runs through his checklist as he settles in for a long night of skygazing at the Subaru telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
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