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Genome Editing: 7 Facts About a Revolutionary Technology
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Genome Editing: 7 Facts About a Revolutionary Technology

The ethics of human-genome editing is in the spotlight again as a large international meeting on the topic is poised to kick off in Washington DC.

Leap-Second Decision Delayed By Eight Years
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Leap-Second Decision Delayed By Eight Years

A leap second is gone in the blink of an eye. But a long-awaited decision on whether to ditch these occasional time insertions—which ensure that official time is...

Software Predicts Slew of Fiendish Crystal Structures
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Software Predicts Slew of Fiendish Crystal Structures

Sketch the structure of an organic molecule on a napkin and it may not be apparent that there are millions of possible ways that it could assemble as a 3D crystal...

Artificial-Intelligence Institute Launches Free Science Search Engine
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Artificial-Intelligence Institute Launches Free Science Search Engine

With Google Scholar, PubMed, and other free academic databases at their fingertips, scientists may feel they have plenty of resources to trawl through the ever-growing...

Vast Cosmic Voids Merge Like Soap Bubbles
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Vast Cosmic Voids Merge Like Soap Bubbles

Vast regions of near-empty space in the Universe are growing and shrinking, much as bubbles merge and separate in soapsuds, astronomers have discovered.

Pluto's Geology Is Unlike Any Other
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Pluto's Geology Is Unlike Any Other

Take a pinch of Mars, a sprinkle of Saturn's moon Iapetus and a dash of Neptune's moon Triton—and the recipe will yield something like Pluto.

Brain Scans Pinpoint Individuals from a Crowd
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Brain Scans Pinpoint Individuals from a Crowd

Our brains are wired in such distinctive ways that an individual can be identified on the basis of brain-scan images alone, neuroscientists report.

­se of Personalized Cancer Drugs Runs Ahead of the Science
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­se of Personalized Cancer Drugs Runs Ahead of the Science

As the costs of genetic sequencing fall, oncologists are starting to prescribe expensive new drugs that target the genetic profiles of their patients' tumours,...

The Revolution Will Not Be Crystallized: A New Method Sweeps Through Structural Biology
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The Revolution Will Not Be Crystallized: A New Method Sweeps Through Structural Biology

In a basement room, deep in the bowels of a steel-clad building in Cambridge, a major insurgency is under way.

The Tiniest Lego: A Tale of Nanoscale Motors, Rotors, Switches and Pumps
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The Tiniest Lego: A Tale of Nanoscale Motors, Rotors, Switches and Pumps

The robot moves slowly along its track, pausing regularly to reach out an arm that carefully scoops up a component.

Online Security Braces For Quantum Revolution
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Online Security Braces For Quantum Revolution

Encryption fix begins in preparation for arrival of futuristic computers.

Quantum 'spookiness' Passes Toughest Test Yet
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Quantum 'spookiness' Passes Toughest Test Yet

The toughest test of quantum theory ever conducted has verified "spooky action at a distance" is inherent to the quantum domain.  

Pluto Snow Forecast Poses Atmospheric Conundrum
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Pluto Snow Forecast Poses Atmospheric Conundrum

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft solved many mysteries about Pluto when it flew past the dwarf planet in July. But as mission controllers prepare to steer the probe...

Quantum 'spookiness' Passes Toughest Test Yet
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Quantum 'spookiness' Passes Toughest Test Yet

It's a bad day both for Albert Einstein and for hackers.

Biohackers Gear ­p For Genome Editing
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Biohackers Gear ­p For Genome Editing

A complete lack of formal scientific training has not kept Johan Sosa from dabbling with one of the most powerful molecular-biology tools to come along in decades...

Superconductivity Record Sparks Wave of Follow-­p Physics
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Superconductivity Record Sparks Wave of Follow-­p Physics

Hydrogen sulfide—the compound responsible for the smell of rotten eggs—conducts electricity with zero resistance at a record high temperature of 203 kelvin (–70...

3D-Printed Device Helps Computers Solve Cocktail-Party Problem
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3D-Printed Device Helps Computers Solve Cocktail-Party Problem

Artificial-intelligence researchers have long struggled to make computers perform a task that is simple for humans: picking out one person’s speech when multiple...

Caution ­rged Over Editing Dna in Wildlife (intentionally or Not)
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Caution ­rged Over Editing Dna in Wildlife (intentionally or Not)

"Crap!" That was the first word out of Kevin Esvelt’s mouth as he scanned a paper1 published inScience last March.

Crumb of Mouse Brain Reconstructed in Full Detail
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Crumb of Mouse Brain Reconstructed in Full Detail

Six years might seem like a long time to spend piecing together the structure of a scrap of tissue vastly smaller than a bead of sweat.

Vibrant Pluto Stuns Scientists
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Vibrant Pluto Stuns Scientists

They are 5 billion kilometres from the Sun in the dim, far-flung outskirts of the Solar System, but Pluto and its large moon Charon turn out to be astonishingly...
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