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Image Doctoring Must Be Halted
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Image Doctoring Must Be Halted

Seven years ago, a cover of The Economist showed Barack Obama, head down on a Louisiana beach in front of an oil rig—the picture of lonely despair.

Medical Microbots Need Better Imaging and Control
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Medical Microbots Need Better Imaging and Control

More than 50 years ago, physicist Richard Feynman spoke of "swallowing the surgeon" in his classic lecture, 'There's plenty of room at the bottom'.

Artificial Intelligence: Chess Match of the Century
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Artificial Intelligence: Chess Match of the Century

Nearly 20 years ago, I was fortunate enough to play friendly blitz chess against former world champion Garry Kasparov.

Quantum Computers Ready to Leap Out of the Lab in 2017
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Quantum Computers Ready to Leap Out of the Lab in 2017

Quantum computing has long seemed like one of those technologies that are 20 years away, and always will be.

Good Data Are Not Enough
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Good Data Are Not Enough

This summer, I visited the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico.

Why Scientists Must Share Their Research Code
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Why Scientists Must Share Their Research Code

Many scientists worry over the reproducibility of wet-lab experiments, but data scientist Victoria Stodden's focus is on how to validate computational research:...

The Science That Fed Frankenstein
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The Science That Fed Frankenstein

In 1816, a teenager began to compose what many view as the first true work of science fiction—and unleashed one of the most subversive attacks on modern science...

Validate Personal Air-Pollution Sensors
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Validate Personal Air-Pollution Sensors

The public is increasingly aware of the health and economic costs of air pollution.

­nite to Build a Quantum Internet
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­nite to Build a Quantum Internet

Almost 25 years ago, physicists discovered a way of 'teleporting' a quantum system from one place to another without moving it.

­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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

Human Spaceflight: Find Asteroids to Get to Mars
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Human Spaceflight: Find Asteroids to Get to Mars

Interplanetary flight is the next giant leap for humans in space. Yet consensus on even the smallest steps forward has proven elusive.

Quantum Computers Will Give Artificial Intelligence Big Boost, Studies Suggest
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Quantum Computers Will Give Artificial Intelligence Big Boost, Studies Suggest

Quantum computers of the future will have the potential to give artificial intelligence a major boost, a series of studies suggests.

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Beware the Creeping Cracks of Bias

Alarming cracks are starting to penetrate deep into the scientific edifice. They threaten the status of science and its value to society. And they cannot be blamed...
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