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­se or Lose Our Navigation Skills
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­se or Lose Our Navigation Skills

In 1984, I was part of a team that was developing a receiver for a satellite-navigation system. After weeks of debugging, the blur of random digits settled on a...

Digital Intuition
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Digital Intuition

Napoleon had it and so did Charles Darwin. Tennis champion Roger Federer has it in spades. The dictionary defines intuition as knowledge obtained without conscious...

Go Players React to Computer Defeat
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Go Players React to Computer Defeat

For decades, the ancient game of Go has stood out as the one board game that computers couldn't crack.

China's Quantum Space Pioneer: We Need to Explore the ­nknown
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China's Quantum Space Pioneer: We Need to Explore the ­nknown

Physicist Pan Jian-Wei is the architect of the world's first attempt to set up a quantum communications link between Earth and space—an experiment that is set to...

Genome-Editing Revolution: My Whirlwind Year with Crispr
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Genome-Editing Revolution: My Whirlwind Year with Crispr

Some 20 months ago, I started having trouble sleeping.

The Science to Look Out For in 2016
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The Science to Look Out For in 2016

A Swiss company is set to become the first firm to capture carbon dioxide from the air and sell it on a commercial scale, a stepping stone to larger facilities...

Crispr: A Path Through the Thicket
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Crispr: A Path Through the Thicket

The ease of use, accuracy and efficiency of the genome-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 has led to its broad adoption in research, as well as to preliminary applications...

Informatics: Make Sense of Health Data
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Informatics: Make Sense of Health Data

If you are wondering whether exposure to some chemical could increase your chances of getting colon cancer, you could easily find supportive evidence from animal...

Modelling: Build Imprecise Supercomputers
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Modelling: Build Imprecise Supercomputers

Today's supercomputers lack the power to model accurately many aspects of the real world, from the impact of cloud systems on Earth's climate to the processing...

Genomics Pioneer Jun Wang on His New AI Venture
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Genomics Pioneer Jun Wang on His New AI Venture

Jun Wang is one of China's most famous scientists.

Andre Geim: Graphene's Buzz Has Spread
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Andre Geim: Graphene's Buzz Has Spread

More than 600 physicists have descended on Manchester, UK in the past few days for Graphene Week 2015.

Lust and the Turing Test
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Lust and the Turing Test

By and large, we watch movies to be entertained, not to be provoked into deep thought. Occasionally, a film does both.

Crispr Germline Engineering—the Community Speaks
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Crispr Germline Engineering—the Community Speaks

With the first papers appearing in the literature that describe CRISPR-Cas9 engineering of human reproductive cells, are we at a new Asilomar moment?

Statistics: P Values Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg
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Statistics: P Values Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

There is no statistic more maligned than the P value.

Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash
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Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash

On 30 April, after more than four years in orbit around Mercury, NASA's MESSENGER probe will plunge to its doom.

Top 10 Hubble Images
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Top 10 Hubble Images

As the famous telescope turns 25, scientists who worked on the project choose their favourite pictures. 

Don't Edit the Human Germ Line
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Don't Edit the Human Germ Line

It is thought that studies involving the use of genome-editing tools to modify the DNA of human embryos will be published shortly.

Smartphones Set For Large-Scale Health Studies
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Smartphones Set For Large-Scale Health Studies

Countless owners of smartphones and wearable devices are already using their devices to track their sleep, exercise, blood pressure and other measures of health...

The Mathematics Behind Internet Virality
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The Mathematics Behind Internet Virality

For a few days in late February, the world stopped to argue over a photograph.

Microscopy: Hasten High Resolution
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Microscopy: Hasten High Resolution

The best electron and scanning probe microscopes today can resolve individual atoms and chemical bonds.
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