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Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure
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Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure

A heartbreaking, out-of-the-gate failure of Russia's sample return mission early this year created a wide circle of disappointment.

A Bit of Progress: Diamonds Shatter Quantum Information Storage Record
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A Bit of Progress: Diamonds Shatter Quantum Information Storage Record

The quantum world and the everyday world of human experience are supposed to be two different realms. Quantum effects, as demonstrated in the lab, are usually confined...

One Thing Is Certain: Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle Is Not Dead
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One Thing Is Certain: Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle Is Not Dead

What Einstein's E=mc2 is to relativity theory, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle is to quantum mechanics—not just a profound insight, but also an iconic formula...

Infrared and 3D Vision Systems Combine to Help Pilots Avoid Crash Landings
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Infrared and 3D Vision Systems Combine to Help Pilots Avoid Crash Landings

When large airliners approach an airport for a landing, a combination of radio signals and high-intensity lighting shows the pilot exactly where the runway is,...

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Inside the Mind of a Video Game Champ

If there is one general rule about the limitations of the human mind, it is that we are terrible at multitasking.

The $1,000 Human Genome?
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The $1,000 Human Genome?

The race to the $1,000 genome heated up today as Life Technologies, based in Carlsbad, Calif., announced it will debut a new sequencing machine this year that...

One-Atom-Tall Wires Could Extend Life of Moore's Law
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One-Atom-Tall Wires Could Extend Life of Moore's Law

There may be a bit more room at the bottom, after all.

Did a U.s. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?
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Did a U.s. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?

Soon after the ill-fated Phobos-Grunt spacecraft stalled in Earth orbit, a former Russian official implicated "powerful American radars" in Alaska. Is there a...

Researchers Inventory a World of Information
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Researchers Inventory a World of Information

Data is the common currency that unites all fields of science.

Solid-State Memories Pave the Way to Practical Quantum Communication
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Solid-State Memories Pave the Way to Practical Quantum Communication

Two groups of physicists have managed to shift the quantum entanglement between two photons onto an entangled state between one photon and a quantum memor.

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New Software Could Smooth Supercomputing Speed Bumps

Supercomputers have long been an indispensable, albeit expensive, tool for researchers who need to make sense of vast amounts of data. One way that researchers...

Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore
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Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore

Researchers are relying on graphics processing units to help build a highly complex computer simulation depicting how chromatophore proteins create photosynthesis...
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