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Earth's Magnetic Field Is Acting Up and Geologists Don't Know Why
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Earth's Magnetic Field Is Acting Up and Geologists Don't Know Why

Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth's north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron...

Machine Learning Leads Mathematicians to Unsolvable Problem
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Machine Learning Leads Mathematicians to Unsolvable Problem

A simple artificial intelligence problem puts researchers up against a logical paradox discovered by famed mathematician Kurt Gödel.

China Becomes First Nation to Land on the Moon's Far Side
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China Becomes First Nation to Land on the Moon's Far Side

A Chinese probe has made a historic touch-down on the far side of the Moon, according to the country's state-run media. It is the first time a probe has visited...

Europe’s AI Researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind
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Europe’s AI Researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind

Universities on the continent are rapidly losing talent to industry in the United States and China, say scientists behind the initiative.

International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States
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International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States

The number of international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs is falling, according to reports from the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools in Washington...

These Dusty Young Stars Are Changing the Rules of Planet-Building
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These Dusty Young Stars Are Changing the Rules of Planet-Building

Some 100,000 years ago, when Neanderthals still occupied the caves of southern Europe, a star was born.

Asteroid-Sampling Mission Zeroes In on Tiny Space Rock
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Asteroid-Sampling Mission Zeroes In on Tiny Space Rock

For the second time this year, a spacecraft is about to partner with an asteroid in an intimate dance.

The Microscope Revolution that's Sweeping Through Materials Science
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The Microscope Revolution that's Sweeping Through Materials Science

Scientists can't study what they can't measure, as David Muller knows only too well.

Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval
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Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval

In the biggest overhaul of the international system of units since 1875, countries have voted to redefine four basic units of measurement—the ampere, the kilogram...

World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions
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World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions

Smoke filled the cabin as the Boeing 747 plunged towards snow-covered mountains in southern Alaska. All four engines had shut down, and it took the pilots eight...

'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease
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'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease

Japanese neurosurgeons have implanted 'reprogrammed' stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease for the first time.

Machine Learning Spots Natural Selection at Work in Human Genome
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Machine Learning Spots Natural Selection at Work in Human Genome

Pinpointing where and how the human genome is evolving can be like hunting for a needle in a haystack.

The World's Strongest MRI Machines Are Pushing Human Imaging to New Limits
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The World's Strongest MRI Machines Are Pushing Human Imaging to New Limits

On a cold morning in Minneapolis last December, a man walked into a research centre to venture where only pigs had gone before: into the strongest magnetic resonance...

Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness
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Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness

In the winter of 1994, a young man in his early twenties named Tim was a patient in a London psychiatric hospital.

Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet
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Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet

Plans to build two working quantum computers are among the first winners to be announced in a €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) funding initiative of the European Commission...

Self-Driving Car Dilemmas Reveal That Moral Choices Are Not Universal
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Self-Driving Car Dilemmas Reveal That Moral Choices Are Not Universal

The largest-ever multinational survey on machine ethics found many moral precepts that guide a driver's decisions are not universal.

Teleportation Over a 6-Kilometre Cable, Courtesy of Quantum Powers
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Teleportation Over a 6-Kilometre Cable, Courtesy of Quantum Powers

The fibre-optic cables that carry Internet traffic can also be used for a powerful form of the strange phenomenon known as quantum teleportation.

Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store
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Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store

A future 'quantum internet' could find use long before it reaches technological maturity, a team of physicists predicts.

Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites
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Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites

NASA's next Mars rover—the first to gather rock samples meant to come back to Earth—should dream big and visit as many places on the red planet as possible, scientists...

All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter Mercury's Orbit
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All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter Mercury's Orbit

A European rocket is ready to launch the most ambitious mission ever taken towards Mercury, Earth's once-neglected sibling in the Solar System.
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