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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.

Ultra-Small Antennas Point Way to Miniature Brain Implants
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Ultra-Small Antennas Point Way to Miniature Brain Implants

Metal antennas that send and receive TV signals and radio waves could soon be replaced by tiny films up to one hundred times smaller, scientists say.

Mysteries of Turbulence ­nravelled
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Mysteries of Turbulence ­nravelled

"When I meet God, I'm going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he'll have an answer for the first."

Martian Weather Kicks Into High Gear at Night
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Martian Weather Kicks Into High Gear at Night

When night arrives on Mars, plunging temperatures can lead to weather much worse than researchers previously thought was possible on the Red Planet.

China Launches Brain-Imaging Factory
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China Launches Brain-Imaging Factory

Neuroscientists who painstakingly map the twists and turns of neural circuitry through the brain are about to see their field expand to an industrial scale. 

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...

How to Map the Circuits That Define ­S
From ACM News

How to Map the Circuits That Define ­S

Marta Zlatic owns what could be the most tedious film collection ever.

Cosmic Map Reveals a Not-So-Lumpy ­niverse
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Cosmic Map Reveals a Not-So-Lumpy ­niverse

Cosmologists have produced the biggest map yet of the Universe's structure and they find it less lumpy than previous surveys have suggested.

The Race to Reveal Antimatter's Secrets
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The Race to Reveal Antimatter's Secrets

In a high-ceilinged hangar at CERN, six rival experiments are racing to understand the nature of one of the Universe's most elusive materials.

Crispr Fixes Disease Gene in Viable Human Embryos
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Crispr Fixes Disease Gene in Viable Human Embryos

An international team of researchers has used CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing—a technique that allows scientists to make precise changes to genomes with relative ease—to...

Big Names in Statistics Want to Shake ­p Much-Maligned value
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Big Names in Statistics Want to Shake ­p Much-Maligned value

Science is in the throes of a reproducibility crisis, and researchers, funders and publishers are increasingly worried that the scholarly literature is littered...

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
From ACM News

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.
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