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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.

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...

'kudos' Promises to Help Scientists Promote Their Papers to New Audiences
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'kudos' Promises to Help Scientists Promote Their Papers to New Audiences

Few people have heard of Michele Tobias's research field—and even fewer study it.

Brain-Data Gold Mine Could Reveal How Neurons Compute
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Brain-Data Gold Mine Could Reveal How Neurons Compute

Inspired by the large-scale sky surveys with which astronomers explore the cosmos, neuroscientists in Seattle, Washington, have spent four years systematically...

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...

Plan to Synthesize Human Genome Elicits Mixed Response
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Plan to Synthesize Human Genome Elicits Mixed Response

Proposals for a large public-private initiative to synthesize an entire human genome from scratch—an effort that could take a decade and require billions of dollars...

Computer Gleans Chemical Insight from Lab Notebook Failures
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Computer Gleans Chemical Insight from Lab Notebook Failures

Did your experiment fail? Don't bin the data just yet—they could be useful.

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...

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...

Artificial-Intelligence Institute Launches Free Science Search Engine
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Artificial-Intelligence Institute Launches Free Science Search Engine

With Google Scholar, PubMed, and other free academic databases at their fingertips, scientists may feel they have plenty of resources to trawl through the ever-growing...

Biohackers Gear ­p For Genome Editing
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Biohackers Gear ­p For Genome Editing

A complete lack of formal scientific training has not kept Johan Sosa from dabbling with one of the most powerful molecular-biology tools to come along in decades...

Crispr, the Disruptor
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Crispr, the Disruptor

Three years ago, Bruce Conklin came across a method that made him change the course of his lab.

The Trouble with Reference Rot
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The Trouble with Reference Rot

The scholarly literature is meant to be a permanent record of science.

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.

Robo-Rescuers Battle It Out in Disaster Challenge
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Robo-Rescuers Battle It Out in Disaster Challenge

When the humanoid robot SAFFiR gets a shove, it reflexively moves to maintain its balance. SAFFiR can also walk over uneven terrain, turn its head to scan its surroundings...

Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons For Neuroscience
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Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons For Neuroscience

DeepMind, the Google-owned artificial-intelligence company, has revealed how it created a single computer algorithm that can learn how to play 49 different arcade...
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