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Climate Policy Models Need to Get Real About People—Here's How
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Climate Policy Models Need to Get Real About People—Here's How

To predict how society and political systems might actually respond to warming, upgrade integrated assessment models.

Wanted: Rules for Pandemic Data Access That Everyone Can Trust
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Wanted: Rules for Pandemic Data Access That Everyone Can Trust

In the wake of COVID-19, a pandemic treaty could be a way to agree on data access before the next emergency strikes.

Theorists and Experimentalists Must Join Forces
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Theorists and Experimentalists Must Join Forces

Collaborations between theorists and experimentalists are crucial for accelerating research.

How to Be Responsible in AI Publication
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How to Be Responsible in AI Publication

A white paper from Partnership on AI advises on navigating the risks of AI research and responsible publication.

Defining a Role for AI Ethics in National Security
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Defining a Role for AI Ethics in National Security

Mariarosaria Taddeo, an associate professor and senior research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Dstl Ethics Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, discusses...

Stop the Emerging AI Cold War
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Stop the Emerging AI Cold War

Proliferating military artificial intelligence will leave the world less safe—so we must focus on ethics and global cooperation, argues Denise Garcia, vice-chair...

Cooperative AI: Machines Must Learn to Find Common Ground
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Cooperative AI: Machines Must Learn to Find Common Ground

To help humanity solve fundamental problems of cooperation, scientists need to reconceive artificial intelligence as deeply social.

Quantum Computing Pioneer Warns of Complacency over Internet Security
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Quantum Computing Pioneer Warns of Complacency over Internet Security

Nature talks to Peter Shor 25 years after he showed how to make quantum computations feasible — and how they could endanger our data.

Robots on the Run
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Robots on the Run

Young animals gallop across fields, climb trees and immediately find their feet with enviable grace after they fall.

How 2D Semiconductors Could Extend Moore's Law
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How 2D Semiconductors Could Extend Moore's Law

The number of components in electronic circuits has doubled every two years since the 1960s—a trend known as Moore's law.

Beware of Plausible Predictions of Fantasy Materials
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Beware of Plausible Predictions of Fantasy Materials

The hunt is on for materials that have exotic properties, to enhance quantum computers, touch screens and electronic displays, and to double the efficiency of solar...

How to Land a Journal Cover
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How to Land a Journal Cover

Researchers: Felice Frankel will make photographers of you all. Photography—both macro- and microscopic—is an essential tool in science, because pictures are both...

Technologies to Watch in 2019
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Technologies to Watch in 2019

Seven specialists forecast the developments that will push their fields forward in the year ahead.

Cinematic and Scientific Techniques Combine to Show How a Long-Extinct Creature Moved
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Cinematic and Scientific Techniques Combine to Show How a Long-Extinct Creature Moved

The trolls and orcs in The Lord of the Rings films aren't real. The dragons and dire wolves on the hit television show Game of Thrones are simulated. The dinosaurs...

Dreaming of Death Rays: The Search for Laser Weapons
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Dreaming of Death Rays: The Search for Laser Weapons

Lasers first emerged nearly 60 years ago, but the idea of using powerful beams of heat or light is hardly new.

Classical and Quantum Computers Are Vying for Superiority
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Classical and Quantum Computers Are Vying for Superiority

Will 2019 be the year when quantum computers show they have the right stuff? Google says so; one of the company's labs, in Santa Barbara, California, has promised...

Science Candidates Prevail in ­S Midterm Elections
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Science Candidates Prevail in ­S Midterm Elections

Results from the United States' midterm elections are still pouring in, but a handful of candidates with backgrounds in science or technology have already nabbed...

Trolling, Hacking and the 2016 ­S Presidential Election
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Trolling, Hacking and the 2016 ­S Presidential Election

Late in 2016, then-US President Barack Obama mused in an interview with The New Yorker magazine that he had probably been elected because his campaign had begun...

Forgotten Heroes of the Enigma Story
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Forgotten Heroes of the Enigma Story

Alan Turing's crucial unscrambling of German messages in the Second World War was a tour de force of codebreaking.

Billion-Dollar Telescopes Could End ­p Beyond the Reach of ­S Astronomers
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Billion-Dollar Telescopes Could End ­p Beyond the Reach of ­S Astronomers

Every ten years, US astronomers set research priorities for the following decade.
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