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AI Recreates Activity Patterns that Brain Cells Use in Navigation
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AI Recreates Activity Patterns that Brain Cells Use in Navigation


Particle Physicists Turn to AI to Cope with CERN's Collision Deluge
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Particle Physicists Turn to AI to Cope with CERN's Collision Deluge

Physicists at the world's leading atom smasher are calling for help. In the next decade, they plan to produce up to 20 times more particle collisions in the Large...

Water Filter Inspired by Alan Turing Passes First Test
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Water Filter Inspired by Alan Turing Passes First Test

Researchers in China have developed a filter that removes salt from water up to three times as fast as conventional filters. The membrane has a unique nanostructure...

Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension
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Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension

As I put on a virtual-reality (VR) headset, the outside world disappears.

Incredibly Detailed Embryo Maps Chart Each Cell's Developmental Fate
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Incredibly Detailed Embryo Maps Chart Each Cell's Developmental Fate

Painstaking genomic analyses of thousands of individual cells in frogs and fish have yielded the most detailed roadmaps yet charting an embryo's journey from a...

Mars Quakes Set to Reveal Tantalizing Clues to Planet's Early Years
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Mars Quakes Set to Reveal Tantalizing Clues to Planet's Early Years

A planetary stethoscope will soon be on its way to listen to the heartbeat of Mars.

Universe's First Moments Mimicked with Ultracool Atoms
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Universe's First Moments Mimicked with Ultracool Atoms

Cosmologists think that in its first moments, the Universe ballooned from a subatomic size to bigger than a grapefruit. But testing theories about this period is...

Flu Virus Finally Sequenced in Its Native Form
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Flu Virus Finally Sequenced in Its Native Form

The genome of the flu virus has been fully sequenced in its native RNA form for the first time. Previously, all influenza genomes—as well as those of other viruses...

How to Blow Up a Star
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How to Blow Up a Star

After spending three months trying to blow up a star, Hans-Thomas Janka and his team finally saw what they had been waiting for.

Beijing Launches Pioneering Brain-Science Centre
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Beijing Launches Pioneering Brain-Science Centre

Beijing has announced plans to build a brain-science centre that will rival in size some of the world's largest neuroscience organizations. It will also serve as...

Need to Make a Molecule? Ask This AI for Instructions
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Need to Make a Molecule? Ask This AI for Instructions

Chemists have a new lab assistant: artificial intelligence. Researchers have developed a "deep learning" computer program that produces blueprints for the sequences...

The Scant Science Behind Cambridge Analytica's Controversial Marketing Techniques 
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The Scant Science Behind Cambridge Analytica's Controversial Marketing Techniques 

The practices of Cambridge Analytica, a data-analytics firm involved in US President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, have made headlines around the world...

Machine Learning Classifies Cancer
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Machine Learning Classifies Cancer

Accurate diagnosis is essential for appropriate disease treatment.

Neuron Creation in Brain's Memory Centre Stops After Childhood
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Neuron Creation in Brain's Memory Centre Stops After Childhood

Every day, the human hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning and memory, creates hundreds of new nerve cells—or so scientists thought.

Latest US Weather Satellite Highlights Forecasting Challenges
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Latest US Weather Satellite Highlights Forecasting Challenges

The United States filled a crucial gap in its weather-forecasting arsenal when it launched its latest geostationary satellite on 1 March. The craft will enable...

Astronomers Detect Light from the Universe's First Stars
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Astronomers Detect Light from the Universe's First Stars

Astronomers have for the first time spotted long-sought signals of light from the earliest stars ever to form in the Universe—around 180 million years after the...

How Flashing Lights and Pink Noise Might Banish Alzheimer's, Improve Memory and More
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How Flashing Lights and Pink Noise Might Banish Alzheimer's, Improve Memory and More

In March 2015, Li-Huei Tsai set up a tiny disco for some of the mice in her laboratory. For an hour each day, she placed them in a box lit only by a flickering...

Researchers Have Finally Created a Tool to Spot Duplicated Images Across Thousands of Papers
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Researchers Have Finally Created a Tool to Spot Duplicated Images Across Thousands of Papers

Computer software can now quickly detect duplicate images across large swathes of the research literature, three scientists say.

Deep Learning for Biology
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Deep Learning for Biology

Four years ago, scientists from Google showed up on neuroscientist Steve Finkbeiner's doorstep.

Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current
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Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current

The North Atlantic Ocean is a major driver of the global currents that regulate Earth's climate, mix the oceans and sequester carbon from the atmosphere—but researchers...
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