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Crispr, the Disruptor
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Crispr, the Disruptor

Three years ago, Bruce Conklin came across a method that made him change the course of his lab.

Military Technology: Laser Weapons Get Real
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Military Technology: Laser Weapons Get Real

Silently, the drone aircraft glides above the arid terrain of New Mexico—until it suddenly pivots out of control and plummets to the ground.

Quantum Physics: What Is Really Real?
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Quantum Physics: What Is Really Real?

Owen Maroney worries that physicists have spent the better part of a century engaging in fraud.

U.s. Science Academies Take On Human-Genome Editing
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U.s. Science Academies Take On Human-Genome Editing

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will launch a major initiative to develop guidelines for editing human genomes...

The Trouble with Reference Rot
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The Trouble with Reference Rot

The scholarly literature is meant to be a permanent record of science.

Nih Reiterates Ban on Editing Human Embryo Dna
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Nih Reiterates Ban on Editing Human Embryo Dna

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reaffirmed its ban on research that involves gene editing of human embryos. In a statement released on 29 April,...

Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash
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Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash

On 30 April, after more than four years in orbit around Mercury, NASA's MESSENGER probe will plunge to its doom.

Ethics of Embryo Editing Paper Divides Scientists
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Ethics of Embryo Editing Paper Divides Scientists

In the wake of the first ever report that scientists have edited the genomes of human embryos, experts cannot agree on whether the work was ethical. They also disagree...

Top 10 Hubble Images
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Top 10 Hubble Images

As the famous telescope turns 25, scientists who worked on the project choose their favourite pictures. 

Rule Rewrite Aims to Clean Up Scientific Software
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Rule Rewrite Aims to Clean Up Scientific Software

The finding seemed counterintuitive: warming in North America was driving plant species to lower elevations—not towards higher, cooler climes, as ecologists had...

The Printed Organs Coming to a Body Near You
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The Printed Organs Coming to a Body Near You

The advent of three-dimensional (3D) printing has generated a swell of interest in artificial organs meant to replace, or even enhance, human machinery.

Large Hadron Collider Restarts
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Large Hadron Collider Restarts

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has kicked off its second run, as protons circulated in the machine after a two-year break.

Mini Enzyme Moves Gene Editing Closer to the Clinic
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Mini Enzyme Moves Gene Editing Closer to the Clinic

A tweak to a technique that edits DNA with pinpoint precision has boosted its ability to correct defective genes in people.

Neuron Encyclopaedia Fires Up to Reveal Brain Secrets
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Neuron Encyclopaedia Fires Up to Reveal Brain Secrets

An ambitious plan is afoot to build the world's largest public catalogue of neuronal structures.

Extreme Cryptography Paves Way to Personalized Medicine
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Extreme Cryptography Paves Way to Personalized Medicine

The dream for tomorrow's medicine is to understand the links between DNA and disease—and to tailor therapies accordingly.

Uk Mapped Out By Genetic Ancestry
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Uk Mapped Out By Genetic Ancestry

Researchers have found genetic signatures among Britons that betray their historical roots in particular locales of the United Kingdom, leading to the finest-scale...

Five Solar System Sights Nasa Should Visit
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Five Solar System Sights Nasa Should Visit

It's show time for NASA's planetary programme.

Dna Mutation Clock Proves Tough to Set
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Dna Mutation Clock Proves Tough to Set

Mathematicians keep refining π even though they know it to more than 12 trillion digits; physicists beat themselves up because they cannot pin down the gravitational...

Mistrust and Meddling Unsettles U.s. Science Agency
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Mistrust and Meddling Unsettles U.s. Science Agency

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has had a tough couple of years.

Mediators Call For Change to Science of Human Brain Project
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Mediators Call For Change to Science of Human Brain Project

Mediators appointed to analyse the rifts within Europe’s ambitious €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) Human Brain Project (HBP) have called for far-reaching changes both...
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