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Digital Forensics: From the Crime Lab to the Library
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Digital Forensics: From the Crime Lab to the Library

When archivists at California's Stanford University received the collected papers of the late palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould in 2004, they knew right away they...

1,500 Scientists Lift the Lid on Reproducibility
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1,500 Scientists Lift the Lid on Reproducibility

More than 70% of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, and more than half have failed to reproduce their own experiments...

Genome Reveals Why Giraffes Have Long Necks
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Genome Reveals Why Giraffes Have Long Necks

Call it a tall task: researchers have decoded the genomes of the giraffe and its closest relative, the okapi.

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-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...

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...

'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.

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.

What Google's Winning Go Algorithm Will Do Next
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What Google's Winning Go Algorithm Will Do Next

Following the defeat of one of its finest human players, the ancient game of Go has joined the growing list of tasks at which computers perform better than humans...

Welcome to the Crispr Zoo
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Welcome to the Crispr Zoo

Timothy Doran's 11-year-old daughter is allergic to eggs. And like about 2% of children worldwide who share the condition, she is unable to receive many routine...

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.

Et Search: Look For the Aliens Looking For Earth
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Et Search: Look For the Aliens Looking For Earth

By watching how the light dims as a planet orbits in front of its parent star, NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered more than 1,000 worlds since its launch in...

Should You Edit Your Children's Genes?
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Should You Edit Your Children's Genes?

Ruthie Weiss's basketball team seemed to be minutes away from its fourth straight loss.

Dna Tags Help the Hunt For Drugs
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Dna Tags Help the Hunt For Drugs

Nestled in a plastic box, in an ordinary laboratory freezer on the second floor of a concrete building in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a clear test tube that contains...

Evidence Mounts For Interbreeding Bonanza in Ancient Human Species
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Evidence Mounts For Interbreeding Bonanza in Ancient Human Species

The discovery of yet another period of interbreeding between early humans and Neanderthals is adding to the growing sense that sexual encounters among different...

The Chips Are Down For Moore’s Law
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The Chips Are Down For Moore’s Law

The semiconductor industry will soon abandon its pursuit of Moore's law. Now things could get a lot more interesting.
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