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U.s. 'export Rules' Threaten Research
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U.s. 'export Rules' Threaten Research

The U.S. government is considering policy changes that could dramatically affect how researchers handle equipment and information that have national-security implications...

The Pentagon's Gamble on Brain Implants, Bionic Limbs and Combat Exoskeletons
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The Pentagon's Gamble on Brain Implants, Bionic Limbs and Combat Exoskeletons

When Geoffrey Ling talks about the future of technology, his ideas go flying around the room like a whirlwind.

Image Software Spots Links in Tattoo Ink
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Image Software Spots Links in Tattoo Ink

In an unusual twist on biometrics research, US computer scientists have joined with law-enforcement officials to find new ways to automatically detect tattoos on...

Crispr, the Disruptor
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Crispr, the Disruptor

Three years ago, Bruce Conklin came across a method that made him change the course of his lab.

Military Technology: Laser Weapons Get Real
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Military Technology: Laser Weapons Get Real

Silently, the drone aircraft glides above the arid terrain of New Mexico—until it suddenly pivots out of control and plummets to the ground.

'instinctive' Robot Recovers From Injury Fast
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'instinctive' Robot Recovers From Injury Fast

Computer scientists have endowed a six-legged robot with the ability to rapidly modify its motion to cope with damage, such as the loss of a foot.

­.s. Science Academies Take On Human-Genome Editing
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­.s. Science Academies Take On Human-Genome Editing

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will launch a major initiative to develop guidelines for editing human genomes...

Five Factors That Will Decide If Philae Wakes
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Five Factors That Will Decide If Philae Wakes

Ever since the European Space Agency's Philae lander ran out of batteries on 15 November, just three days after it bounced on to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko...

Pluto-Bound Craft Hunts For Hazardous Moons
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Pluto-Bound Craft Hunts For Hazardous Moons

On 11 May, a telescope aboard a NASA craft will turn and stare at Pluto—like a space-robot equivalent of a sailor watching for shoals that could take out his vessel...

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.

3D Simulations of Colliding Black Holes Hailed As Most Realistic Yet
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3D Simulations of Colliding Black Holes Hailed As Most Realistic Yet

When astronomers try to simulate colliding giant black holes, they usually rely on simplified approximations to model the swirling disks of matter that surround...

Rule Rewrite Aims to Clean Up Scientific Software
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Rule Rewrite Aims to Clean Up Scientific Software

The finding seemed counterintuitive: warming in North America was driving plant species to lower elevations—not towards higher, cooler climes, as ecologists had...

The Printed Organs Coming to a Body Near You
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The Printed Organs Coming to a Body Near You

The advent of three-dimensional (3D) printing has generated a swell of interest in artificial organs meant to replace, or even enhance, human machinery.

Mystery of Ceres' Bright Spots Grows
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Mystery of Ceres' Bright Spots Grows

Not all of the puzzling bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are alike.

Mercury Seen As Never Before
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Mercury Seen As Never Before

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is set to plunge to its doom on 30 April, ending nearly four years of exploration of Mercury. Before it goes, the mission is sending...

Complex Molecules Made to Order in Synthesis Machine
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Complex Molecules Made to Order in Synthesis Machine

Synthesizing complex molecules is a notoriously fiendish art—and a daily toil for many chemists.

Robo-Rescuers Battle It Out in Disaster Challenge
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Robo-Rescuers Battle It Out in Disaster Challenge

When the humanoid robot SAFFiR gets a shove, it reflexively moves to maintain its balance. SAFFiR can also walk over uneven terrain, turn its head to scan its surroundings...

Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons For Neuroscience
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Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons For Neuroscience

DeepMind, the Google-owned artificial-intelligence company, has revealed how it created a single computer algorithm that can learn how to play 49 different arcade...

Physics in Finance: Trading at the Speed of Light
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Physics in Finance: Trading at the Speed of Light

Financial traders are in a race to make transactions ever faster.

Jupiter Glimpsed As Aliens Would See It
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Jupiter Glimpsed As Aliens Would See It

Astronomers have observed Jupiter for centuries.
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