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Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money
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Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money

Planetary geologist Ellen Stofan joined NASA in August as the agency's chief scientist, an overarching role in which she advises on the science of all NASA programmes...

Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.

Graphene: The Quest For Supercarbon
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Graphene: The Quest For Supercarbon

Mr G gazes out from a recruitment poster hanging in an engineering building in Cambridge, U.K.

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger Lhc
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Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger Lhc

When Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started up in 2008, particle physicists would not have dreamt of asking for something bigger until they got their US$5...

Brain Decoding: Reading Minds
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Brain Decoding: Reading Minds

Jack Gallant perches on the edge of a swivel chair in his lab at the University of California, Berkeley, fixated on the screen of a computer that is trying to decode...

Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking
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Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has upset a great many people this year.

Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?
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Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?

It could be time to bid the Big Bang bye-bye. Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional star collapsed...

Gaming Improves Multitasking Skills
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Gaming Improves Multitasking Skills

Sixty-five-year-old Ann Linsey was starting to worry about how easily she got distracted from whatever she was doing.

Quantum Paradox Seen in Diamond
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Quantum Paradox Seen in Diamond

A quantum effect named after an ancient Greek puzzle has been observed in diamond, paving the way for the use of diamond crystals in quantum computer chips.

­.s. Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics
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­.s. Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics

The false mouse memories made the ethicists uneasy. By stimulating certain neurons in the hippocampus, Susumu Tonegawa and his colleagues caused mice to recall...

Computer Memory Can Be Read with a Flash of Light
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Computer Memory Can Be Read with a Flash of Light

Modern computer-memory technologies come with a trade-off. There is speedy but short-term storage for on-the-fly processing—random-access memory, or RAM—and slow...

Diamond Shows Promise For Quantum Internet
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Diamond Shows Promise For Quantum Internet

Today's Internet runs on linked silicon chips, but a future quantum version might be built from diamond crystals.

Moore's Law Is Not Just for Computers
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Moore's Law Is Not Just for Computers

Predicting the future of technology often seems a fool's game.

Computer Modeling: Brain in a Box
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Computer Modeling: Brain in a Box

A proposal by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology scientist Henry Markram to build a supercomputer model integrating all knowledge about the human brain is one...

Hint of Higgs, but Little More
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Hint of Higgs, but Little More

When its experiments started in earnest earlier this year, many scientists hoped that the world's most powerful collider would turn up new particles, additional...

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Full-Field Implementation of a Perfect Eavesdropper on a Quantum Cryptography System

Quantum key distribution allows two remote parties to grow a shared secret key. Its security is founded on the principles of quantum mechanics, but in reality...
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