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Researchers Unite in Quest for 'Standard Model' of the Brain
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Researchers Unite in Quest for 'Standard Model' of the Brain

Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain—in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles.

Cassini Crashes Into Saturn but Could Still Deliver Big Discoveries
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Cassini Crashes Into Saturn but Could Still Deliver Big Discoveries

At 4:55 a.m. California time on 15 September, hundreds of scientists watched their life's work go up in flames.

Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed by Satellites
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Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed by Satellites

As an ice sheet melts, it leaves a unique signature behind. Complex geological processes distribute the meltwater in a distinct pattern, or 'fingerprint', thatthese...

Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their DNA
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Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their DNA

A storm of criticism has rained down on a paper by genome-sequencing pioneer Craig Venter that claims to predict people's physical traits from their DNA.

Massive Genetic Study Shows How Humans Are Evolving
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Massive Genetic Study Shows How Humans Are Evolving

A huge genetic study that sought to pinpoint how the human genome is evolving suggests that natural selection is getting rid of harmful genetic mutations that shorten...

Plot a Course Through the Genome
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Plot a Course Through the Genome

Chromatin does much more than just keep DNA neat and tidy.

Reprogrammed Cells Relieve Parkinson's Symptoms in Trials 
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Reprogrammed Cells Relieve Parkinson's Symptoms in Trials 

Japanese researchers report promising results from an experimental therapy for Parkinson's disease that involves implanting neurons made from 'reprogrammed' stem...

Cassini's 13 Years of Stunning Saturn Science—in Pictures
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Cassini's 13 Years of Stunning Saturn Science—in Pictures

Twenty years ago, in the wee hours of a muggy Florida morning, the Cassini spacecraft lit up the skies as it blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

Europe's X-ray Laser Fires Up
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Europe's X-ray Laser Fires Up

Scientists who make movies of molecules in motion have a new high-speed camera to shoot with. The €1.2-billion (US$1.4-billion) European X-ray Free Electron Laser...

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

Researchers are combining artificial intelligence and climate science to create deep-learning analyses of weather patterns.

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

As Earth-observing satellites become more plentiful and climate models more powerful, researchers who study global warming are facing a deluge of data.

Ultra-Small Antennas Point Way to Miniature Brain Implants
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Ultra-Small Antennas Point Way to Miniature Brain Implants

Metal antennas that send and receive TV signals and radio waves could soon be replaced by tiny films up to one hundred times smaller, scientists say.

Mysteries of Turbulence Unravelled
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Mysteries of Turbulence Unravelled

"When I meet God, I'm going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he'll have an answer for the first."

Martian Weather Kicks Into High Gear at Night
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Martian Weather Kicks Into High Gear at Night

When night arrives on Mars, plunging temperatures can lead to weather much worse than researchers previously thought was possible on the Red Planet.

China Launches Brain-Imaging Factory
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China Launches Brain-Imaging Factory

Neuroscientists who painstakingly map the twists and turns of neural circuitry through the brain are about to see their field expand to an industrial scale. 

Artificial Intelligence Identifies Plant Species for Science
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Artificial Intelligence Identifies Plant Species for Science

Computer algorithms trained on the images of thousands of preserved plants have learned to automatically identify species that have been pressed, dried and mounted...

How to Map the Circuits That Define Us
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How to Map the Circuits That Define Us

Marta Zlatic owns what could be the most tedious film collection ever.

Cosmic Map Reveals a Not-So-Lumpy Universe
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Cosmic Map Reveals a Not-So-Lumpy Universe

Cosmologists have produced the biggest map yet of the Universe's structure and they find it less lumpy than previous surveys have suggested.

The Race to Reveal Antimatter's Secrets
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The Race to Reveal Antimatter's Secrets

In a high-ceilinged hangar at CERN, six rival experiments are racing to understand the nature of one of the Universe's most elusive materials.

CRISPR Fixes Disease Gene in Viable Human Embryos
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CRISPR Fixes Disease Gene in Viable Human Embryos

An international team of researchers has used CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing—a technique that allows scientists to make precise changes to genomes with relative ease—to...
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