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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 ­S Weather Satellite Highlights Forecasting Challenges
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Latest ­S 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 ­niverse's First Stars
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Astronomers Detect Light from the ­niverse'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...

Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa
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Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa

Data scientists in South Africa are readying themselves for a flood of information that is due to crash over them when the country's biggest radio telescope doubles...

Physicists Harness Twisted Mathematics to Make Powerful Laser
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Physicists Harness Twisted Mathematics to Make Powerful Laser

Researchers have exploited the twisty nature of topological physics to produce a high-quality beam of laser light—a step that could lead to the first practical...

Data Visualization Tools Drive Interactivity and Reproducibility in Online Publishing
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Data Visualization Tools Drive Interactivity and Reproducibility in Online Publishing

As Benjamin Delory started his paper documenting a new way to quantify plant morphology, he realized that one of the figures could pose a problem.

Artificial Neurons Compute Faster Than the Human Brain
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Artificial Neurons Compute Faster Than the Human Brain

Superconducting computing chips modelled after neurons can process information faster and more efficiently than the human brain.

Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms
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Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms

Daniel Smalley has long dreamed of building the kind of 3D holograms that pepper science-fiction films.

China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles
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China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles

For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National...

How to See a Memory
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How to See a Memory

For someone who's not a Sherlock superfan, cognitive neuroscientist Janice Chen knows the BBC's hit detective drama better than most.

Nasa Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial Gps 
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Nasa Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial Gps 

From its perch aboard the International Space Station, a NASA experiment has shown how future missions might navigate their way through deep space.

Silicon Gains Ground in Quantum-Computing Race
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Silicon Gains Ground in Quantum-Computing Race

In the next few weeks, a research group at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands expects to receive an important package. Its contents promise to...

Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes
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Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Eyes are said to be the window to the soul—but researchers at Google see them as indicators of a person's health.
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