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­S Regulators Move on Thought-Controlled Prosthetics
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­S Regulators Move on Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

For the first time since accidents severed the neural connection between their brains and limbs, a small number of patients are reaching out and feeling the world...

Joint Effort Nabs Next Wave of ­S Supercomputers
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Joint Effort Nabs Next Wave of ­S Supercomputers

Once locked in an arms race with each other for the fastest supercomputers, US national laboratories are now banding together to buy their next-generation machines...

Gravity Map Uncovers Sea-Floor Surprises
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Gravity Map Uncovers Sea-Floor Surprises

s though someone had pulled a plug in the oceans and drained them away, a sea-floor map has exposed thousands of never-before-seen underwater mountains and ridges...

Artificial Arms Get Closer to the Real Thing
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Artificial Arms Get Closer to the Real Thing

Powered prosthetic hands and arms have advanced little in the last 50 years.

Large Hadron Collider: The Big Reboot
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Large Hadron Collider: The Big Reboot

Mike Lamont grabs the last croissant from a table and eats it as he walks through the control centre at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics just...

Organic Synthesis: The Robo-Chemist
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Organic Synthesis: The Robo-Chemist

In faded photographs from the 1960s, organic-chemistry laboratories look like an alchemist's paradise.

Fiendish Million-Dollar Proof Eludes Mathematicians
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Fiendish Million-Dollar Proof Eludes Mathematicians

Is a solution to one of the most important, beautiful and potentially lucrative problems in mathematics right around the corner?

Mars Rover Facing Harshest Journey Yet
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Mars Rover Facing Harshest Journey Yet

After making it across 8.5 kilometres on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is now facing some of the most dangerous terrain it has ever encountered.

3D Images Remodel History
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3D Images Remodel History

It took hundreds of thousands of workers decades to create China's terracotta army, but digital avatars made in minutes could solve the lingering mystery of one...

China's Lunar Rover Limps Into Another Long Night
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China's Lunar Rover Limps Into Another Long Night

As it plunges into another two-week long 'lunar night', Jade Rabbit, China's Moon rover, is living on borrowed time.

Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock Yet
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Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock Yet

By exploiting the tricks of quantum physics, researchers say they could build a worldwide network of atomic clocks that are much more accurate than any single clock...

Sound Clue in Hunt For Mh370
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Sound Clue in Hunt For Mh370

Researchers are exploring what may be the first promising lead in months in the search for the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Pluto-Bound Probe Faces Crisis
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Pluto-Bound Probe Faces Crisis

Nearly 4.3 billion kilometres from Earth, and most of the way to Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is in danger of missing out on half of its mission.

Microbial Stowaways to Mars Identified
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Microbial Stowaways to Mars Identified

Dozens of microbial species may have accompanied the Curiosity rover to Mars, where it landed in August 2012.

Nasa Plans Mars Sample-Return Rover
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Nasa Plans Mars Sample-Return Rover

NASA's Curiosity rover is in the prime of its life, exploring the rocks, soil and air of Mars. But the agency is already planning its successor—and this time, the...

Model ­niverse Recreates Evolution of the Cosmos
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Model ­niverse Recreates Evolution of the Cosmos

Can current theories of cosmology explain how the Universe evolved?

Imaging: Cancer Caught in the Act
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Imaging: Cancer Caught in the Act

Mikala Egeblad was blown away when she made her first action film of tumour cells inside live mice.

Wiring of Retina Reveals How Eyes Sense Motion
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Wiring of Retina Reveals How Eyes Sense Motion

A vast project to map neural connections in the mouse retina may have answered the long-standing question of how the eyes detect motion.

Basic Science Finds Corporate Refuge
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Basic Science Finds Corporate Refuge

Microsoft makes Windows, Word, and the Xbox. But it also employs scientists who make sensors to stick on the hides of elephants and rhinoceroses.

Exotic Space Particles Slam Into Buried South Pole Detector
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Exotic Space Particles Slam Into Buried South Pole Detector

A belowground experiment at the South Pole has now discovered three of the highest-energy neutrinos ever found, particles that may be created in the most violent...
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