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Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their Dna
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Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their Dna

A storm of criticism has rained down on a paper by genome-sequencing pioneer Craig Venter that claims to predict people's physical traits from their DNA.

Plot a Course Through the Genome
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Plot a Course Through the Genome

Chromatin does much more than just keep DNA neat and tidy.

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

Researchers are combining artificial intelligence and climate science to create deep-learning analyses of weather patterns.

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

As Earth-observing satellites become more plentiful and climate models more powerful, researchers who study global warming are facing a deluge of data.

Artificial Intelligence Identifies Plant Species For Science
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Artificial Intelligence Identifies Plant Species For Science

Computer algorithms trained on the images of thousands of preserved plants have learned to automatically identify species that have been pressed, dried and mounted...

Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise For Decades
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Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise For Decades

The numbers didn't add up. Even as Earth grew warmer and glaciers and ice sheets thawed, decades of satellite data seemed to show that the rate of sea-level rise...

The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors
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The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors

Jerry Paros is worried about the geological time bomb ticking away just off the coast near his home in Washington state.

The 'time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks
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The 'time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks

Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice's crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts...

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...

Satellite Images Reveal Gaps in Global Population Data
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Satellite Images Reveal Gaps in Global Population Data

Nigerian health officials won't have to rely on flawed, decade-old census data when they plan deliveries of the measles vaccine next year.

Pocket Laboratories
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Pocket Laboratories

As spring turns to summer along the east coast of the United States, thoughts turn to holidays, beaches, picnics—and mosquitoes.

Planetariums, Not Just For Kids
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Planetariums, Not Just For Kids

Most researchers think of planetariums, if they think of them at all, as a place to take schoolchildren for whizzy trips through the stars, with nothing to offer...

Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts
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Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts

Meteorologists have long struggled to forecast storms and flooding at the level of streets and neighborhoods, but they may soon make headway thanks to the spread...

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....

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality
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Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

"It feels like the entire universe is within a sphere that is maybe within a couple metres' radius," says topologist Henry Segerman at Oklahoma State University...

­.s. Science Agencies Face Deep Cuts in Trump Budget
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­.s. Science Agencies Face Deep Cuts in Trump Budget

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health are big losers — but planetary science at NASA stands to gain.

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy
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How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

Artificial-intelligence programs harness game-theory strategies and deep learning to defeat human professionals in two-player hold'em.

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy
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How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

A complex variant of poker is the latest game to be mastered by artificial intelligence (AI). And it has been conquered not once, but twice, by two rival bots developed...

How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses
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How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses

For doctors trying to treat people who have symptoms that have no clear cause, gene-sequencing technologies might help in pointing them to a diagnosis. But the...

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time
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The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time

The first time molecular biologist Greg Hannon flew through a tumour, he was astonished—and inspired.
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