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Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store
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Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store

A future 'quantum internet' could find use long before it reaches technological maturity, a team of physicists predicts.

Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites
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Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites

NASA's next Mars rover—the first to gather rock samples meant to come back to Earth—should dream big and visit as many places on the red planet as possible, scientists...

All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter Mercury's Orbit
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All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter Mercury's Orbit

A European rocket is ready to launch the most ambitious mission ever taken towards Mercury, Earth's once-neglected sibling in the Solar System.

Riskiest Landing of Japan's Asteroid Mission Delayed ­ntil January
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Riskiest Landing of Japan's Asteroid Mission Delayed ­ntil January

Touchdown of the Hayabusa2 mothership has been postponed because of unexpectedly rough terrain.

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...

A New Way to Capture the Brain's Electrical Symphony
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A New Way to Capture the Brain's Electrical Symphony

Biophysicist Adam Cohen was strolling around San Francisco, California, in 2010, when a telephone call caught him by surprise. "We have a signal," said the caller...

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...

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...

LHC Physicists Embrace Brute-Force Approach to Particle Hunt
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LHC Physicists Embrace Brute-Force Approach to Particle Hunt

A once-controversial approach to particle physics has entered the mainstream at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

CRISPR 'Barcodes' Map Mammalian Development in Exquisite Detail
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CRISPR 'Barcodes' Map Mammalian Development in Exquisite Detail

For the first time, scientists have wielded CRISPR to track a mammal's development from a single egg into an embryo with millions of cells.

Entire Yeast Genome Squeezed Into One Lone Chromosome
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Entire Yeast Genome Squeezed Into One Lone Chromosome

For millions of years, brewer's yeast and its close relatives have packed their DNA into 16 distinct chromosomes.

The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks
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The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks

In a basement storeroom at Stanford University in California, the guts of a dozen DNA sequencers lie exposed—hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cameras and...

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...

There's Water on Mars! Signs of Buried Lake Tantalize Scientists
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There's Water on Mars! Signs of Buried Lake Tantalize Scientists

A large saltwater lake seems to lurk under ice near Mars's south pole.

A Record-Breaking Microscope
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A Record-Breaking Microscope

In a paper Nature, Jiang et al.1 report the highest-magnification image ever obtained using a transmission electron microscope.

3D Image Reveals Hidden Neurons in Fruit-Fly Brain
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3D Image Reveals Hidden Neurons in Fruit-Fly Brain

Scientists have produced a 3D image of a fruit fly's brain that's so detailed, researchers can trace connections between neurons across the entire organ.

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.

South Africa Celebrates Completion of Gigantic, Super-Sensitive Telescop
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South Africa Celebrates Completion of Gigantic, Super-Sensitive Telescop

Scientists and politicians in South Africa are together celebrating the official opening of a gigantic telescope that is already transforming astronomy research...

Speaking in Code: How to Program by Voice
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Speaking in Code: How to Program by Voice

Debilitating hand pain is always bad news, but Harold Pimentel's was especially unwelcome.
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