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Algorithms Compete to Predict Recipe For Cancer Vaccine
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Algorithms Compete to Predict Recipe For Cancer Vaccine

Could predictive algorithms be the key to creating a successful cancer vaccine?

Controversial Impact Factor Gets a Heavyweight Rival
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Controversial Impact Factor Gets a Heavyweight Rival

One of science's most contentious metrics has a flashy new rival. On 8 December, publishing giant Elsevier launched the CiteScore index to assess the quality of...

Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks ­p Human Pulse
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Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks ­p Human Pulse

A dash of graphene can transform the stretchy goo known as Silly Putty into a pressure sensor able to monitor a human pulse or even track the dainty steps of a...

CRISPR Heavyweights Battle in US Patent Court
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CRISPR Heavyweights Battle in US Patent Court

It was a tough day in US patent court for the University of California, Berkeley.

Fire ­p the Atom Forge
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Fire ­p the Atom Forge

Electron microscopy is on the brink of a transition.

AI Science Search Engines Expand Their Reach
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AI Science Search Engines Expand Their Reach

A free AI-based scholarly search engine that aims to outdo Google Scholar is expanding its corpus of papers to cover some 10 million research articles in computer...

Brain Implants Allow Paralysed Monkeys to Walk
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Brain Implants Allow Paralysed Monkeys to Walk

For more than a decade, neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine has been flying every few months from his lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne...

The Real-Time Technicolour Living Brain
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The Real-Time Technicolour Living Brain

Rosa Cossart thinks she knows what a memory looks like.

Donald Trump's US Election Win Stuns Scientists
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Donald Trump's US Election Win Stuns Scientists

Republican businessman and reality-television star Donald Trump will be the United States' next president.

Scientists Can Publish Their Best Work at Any Age
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Scientists Can Publish Their Best Work at Any Age

Hoping that your next paper will be the big one?

Computing Glitch May Have Doomed Mars Lander
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Computing Glitch May Have Doomed Mars Lander

Photos of a huge circle of churned-up Martian soil leave few doubts: a European Space Agency (ESA) probe that was supposed to test landing technology on Mars crashed...

Icy Heart Could Be Key to Pluto's Strange Geology
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Icy Heart Could Be Key to Pluto's Strange Geology

Pluto's icy heart beats with a planetary rhythm.

Inside Microsoft's Quest For a Topological Quantum Computer
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Inside Microsoft's Quest For a Topological Quantum Computer

The race is on build a "universal" quantum computer. Such a device could be programmed to speedily solve problems that classical computers cannot crack, potentially...

The Power of Prediction Markets
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The Power of Prediction Markets

It was a great way to mix science with gambling, says Anna Dreber.

The Polling Crisis: How to Tell What People Really Think
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The Polling Crisis: How to Tell What People Really Think

Hillary Clinton is heading for a landslide victory over Donald Trump. But wait.

Europe and Russia Prepare For Historic Landing on Mars
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Europe and Russia Prepare For Historic Landing on Mars

Almost three weeks after it crash-landed the Rosetta orbiter on a comet, the European Space Agency (ESA) is gearing up to land another spacecraft—this time on Mars...

­niverse Has Ten Times More Galaxies Than Researchers Thought
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­niverse Has Ten Times More Galaxies Than Researchers Thought

The observable Universe contains about 2 trillion galaxies—more than ten times as many as previously estimated, according to the first significant revision of the...

Google's AI Reasons Its Way Around the London ­nderground
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Google's AI Reasons Its Way Around the London ­nderground

Artificial-intelligence systems known as neural networks can recognize images, translate languages and even master the ancient game of Go. But their limited ability...

Pioneering Brain Implant Restores Paralysed Man's Sense of Touch
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Pioneering Brain Implant Restores Paralysed Man's Sense of Touch

For the first time, a paralysed man has gained a limited sense of touch, thanks to an electric implant that stimulates his brain and allows him to feel pressure...

World's Tiniest Machines Win Chemistry Nobel
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World's Tiniest Machines Win Chemistry Nobel

Three chemists who created tiny molecular machines have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their intricate designs.
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