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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...

Robo-Rescuers Battle It Out in Disaster Challenge
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Robo-Rescuers Battle It Out in Disaster Challenge

When the humanoid robot SAFFiR gets a shove, it reflexively moves to maintain its balance. SAFFiR can also walk over uneven terrain, turn its head to scan its surroundings...

Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons For Neuroscience
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Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons For Neuroscience

DeepMind, the Google-owned artificial-intelligence company, has revealed how it created a single computer algorithm that can learn how to play 49 different arcade...

Physics in Finance: Trading at the Speed of Light
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Physics in Finance: Trading at the Speed of Light

Financial traders are in a race to make transactions ever faster.

Star Buzzed Solar System During Human Prehistory
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Star Buzzed Solar System During Human Prehistory

A recently discovered stellar neighbour of the Sun penetrated the extreme fringes of the Solar System—the closest encounter ever documented—at around the time that...

European Languages Linked to Migration from the East
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European Languages Linked to Migration from the East

A mysterious group of humans from the east stormed western Europe 4,500 years ago—bringing with them technologies such as the wheel, as well as a language that...

Autonomous Vehicles: No Drivers Required
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Autonomous Vehicles: No Drivers Required

This summer, people will cruise through the streets of Greenwich, U.K., in electric shuttles with no one's hands on the steering wheel—or any steering wheel at...

Attempts to Predict Terrorist Attacks Hit Limits
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Attempts to Predict Terrorist Attacks Hit Limits

From France to Nigeria, the world is reeling from a wave of deadly terrorist attacks.

Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow
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Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow

Walking in crowds means predicting the future.

Gravity Map Uncovers Sea-Floor Surprises
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Gravity Map Uncovers Sea-Floor Surprises

s though someone had pulled a plug in the oceans and drained them away, a sea-floor map has exposed thousands of never-before-seen underwater mountains and ridges...

Large Hadron Collider: The Big Reboot
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Large Hadron Collider: The Big Reboot

Mike Lamont grabs the last croissant from a table and eats it as he walks through the control centre at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics just...

'smart Genes' Prove Elusive
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'smart Genes' Prove Elusive

Scientists looking for the genes underlying intelligence are in for a slog.

Plate Tectonics Found on Europa
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Plate Tectonics Found on Europa

If you have got an idea for how to study Europa, then NASA wants to hear from you.

Earth's New Address: 'solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea'
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Earth's New Address: 'solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea'

The supercluster of galaxies that includes the Milky Way is 100 times bigger in volume and mass than previously thought, a team of astronomers says.

Neanderthals: Bone Technique Redrafts Prehistory
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Neanderthals: Bone Technique Redrafts Prehistory

Neanderthals and humans lived together in Europe for thousands of years, concludes a timeline based on radiocarbon dates from 40 key sites across Europe.

Fiendish Wheat Genome Reveals Grain's History
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Fiendish Wheat Genome Reveals Grain's History

A draft genome sequence of wheat promises to speed efforts to breed new types of one of the world's most important crops — and to reveal the tangled genomic history...

Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan
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Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan

The European Union's high-profile, €1-billion Human Brain Project, launched last October, has come under fire from neuroscientists, who claim that poor management...

3D Images Remodel History
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3D Images Remodel History

It took hundreds of thousands of workers decades to create China's terracotta army, but digital avatars made in minutes could solve the lingering mystery of one...

China's Lunar Rover Limps Into Another Long Night
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China's Lunar Rover Limps Into Another Long Night

As it plunges into another two-week long 'lunar night', Jade Rabbit, China's Moon rover, is living on borrowed time.
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