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New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves
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New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves

One of the great unanswered question in biology is why organisms have evolved to cooperate.

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 Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight
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The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight

The European Commission-funded Human Brain Project is on track to create a searchable model of the brain by building an infrastructure combining high-performance...

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way
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Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way

The world's biggest and most expensive time machine is running again.

Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser
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Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser

As cars here on Earth begin to drive themselves and robots autonomously roam sidewalks delivering food and nearly running over dogs, over on Mars, the Curiosity...

How the Government Can Read Your Email
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How the Government Can Read Your Email

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color
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MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color

Researchers at MIT are developing smart fabrics as part of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AAFOA) alliance. At the grand opening of the Fabric Discovery...

Beyond the Five Senses
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Beyond the Five Senses

The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world...

NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts
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NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts

A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released—the first in a series...

The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors
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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.

What's New in Google's Go 1.9 Language
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What's New in Google's Go 1.9 Language

The 1.9 iteration of Google's Go language is expected to enhance performance, compilation, and scaling to large code bases.

X-Ray Eyes in the Sky
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X-Ray Eyes in the Sky

Researchers have demonstrated three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects through walls using Wi-Fi signals.

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar
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How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.

From Drinking Straws to Robots
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From Drinking Straws to Robots

Researchers at Harvard University have created a type of semi-soft robot that can stand and walk, and a different robotic water strider that can push itself along...

'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It
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'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard...

How to Build Software for a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World
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How to Build Software for a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World

Argonne National Laboratory scientists aim to produce exascale-enabled software by surmounting problems in memory, power, and computational resources.

DeepMind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler
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DeepMind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler

AI systems continue to get increasingly powerful, but still need far too much hand-holding by their human masters. New research from DeepMind and OpenAI suggests...

World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks
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World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks

Thousands of scientists worldwide tap into CERN's computer networks each day in their quest to better understand the fundamental structure of the universe.

NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates
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NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates

NASA's Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting...

Top500: U.S. Knocked Out of 'Top Three Most Powerful' List
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Top500: U.S. Knocked Out of 'Top Three Most Powerful' List

The U.S. is no longer among the top three in the Top500's latest ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers.
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