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The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics
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The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics

Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. "I don't think like a mathematician," admits Kane, a theoretical physicist who has tended to...

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...

Lights, Camera, Crispr: Biologists ­se Gene Editing to Store Movies in Dna
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Lights, Camera, Crispr: Biologists ­se Gene Editing to Store Movies in Dna

Internet users have a variety of format options in which to store their movies, and biologists have now joined the party.

Single-Cell Sequencing Made Simple
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Single-Cell Sequencing Made Simple

Single-cell biology is a hot topic these days. And at the cutting edge of the field is single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq).

How Quantum Trickery Can Scramble Cause and Effect
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How Quantum Trickery Can Scramble Cause and Effect

Albert Einstein is heading out for his daily stroll and has to pass through two doorways.

Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'planet Nine'
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Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'planet Nine'

An analysis of four icy bodies discovered in the outer Solar System reveals no sign that they are being influenced by a large, unseen planet lurking beyond Neptune...

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.

China's Quantum Satellite Clears Major Hurdle on Way to ­ltrasecure Communications
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China's Quantum Satellite Clears Major Hurdle on Way to ­ltrasecure Communications

Just months into its mission, the world's first quantum-communications satellite has achieved one of its most ambitious goals.

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...

Hubble Sees Light Bending Around Nearby Star
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Hubble Sees Light Bending Around Nearby Star

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted light bending because of the gravity of a nearby white dwarf star—the first time astronomers have seen this type of distortion...

Neuroscientists Rethink How the Brain Recognizes Faces
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Neuroscientists Rethink How the Brain Recognizes Faces

People can pick a familiar face out of a crowd without thinking too much about it. But how the brain actually does this has eluded researchers for years.

Mummy Dna ­nravels Ancient Egyptians' Ancestry
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Mummy Dna ­nravels Ancient Egyptians' Ancestry

The tombs of ancient Egypt have yielded golden collars and ivory bracelets, but another treasure—human DNA—has proved elusive.

Software Simplified
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Software Simplified

In 2015, geneticist Guy Reeves was trying to configure a free software system called Galaxy to get his bioinformatics projects off the ground.

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.

The Shock Tactics Set to Shake ­p Immunology
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The Shock Tactics Set to Shake ­p Immunology

Six times a day, Katrin pauses whatever she's doing, removes a small magnet from her pocket and touches it to a raised patch of skin just below her collar bone....

Dna's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles
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Dna's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles

Leonid Mirny swivels in his office chair and grabs the power cord for his laptop.

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...

Machine Learning Predicts the Look of STEM Cells
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Machine Learning Predicts the Look of STEM Cells

No two stem cells are identical, even if they are genetic clones.

The Diy Electronics Transforming Research
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The Diy Electronics Transforming Research

A research subject watches a brush slowly stroking a rubber hand on a table in front of her, while her own hand—hidden from view—experiences the same stimulation...
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