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'minimal' Cell Raises Stakes in Race to Harness Synthetic Life
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'minimal' Cell Raises Stakes in Race to Harness Synthetic Life

Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism.

Crispr: Gene Editing Is Just the Beginning
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Crispr: Gene Editing Is Just the Beginning

Whenever a paper about CRISPR–Cas9 hits the press, the staff at Addgene quickly find out.

Synthetic Biology Lures Silicon Valley Investors
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Synthetic Biology Lures Silicon Valley Investors

In 2012, Emily Leproust was trying to raise money to start Twist Bioscience, a company that aimed to synthesize DNA more quickly and more cheaply than existing...

Five Solar System Sights Nasa Should Visit
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Five Solar System Sights Nasa Should Visit

It's show time for NASA's planetary programme.

Mistrust and Meddling ­nsettles ­.s. Science Agency
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Mistrust and Meddling ­nsettles ­.s. Science Agency

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has had a tough couple of years.

Mediators Call For Change to Science of Human Brain Project
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Mediators Call For Change to Science of Human Brain Project

Mediators appointed to analyse the rifts within Europe’s ambitious €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) Human Brain Project (HBP) have called for far-reaching changes both...

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.

Plate Tectonics Found on Europa
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Plate Tectonics Found on Europa

If you have got an idea for how to study Europa, then NASA wants to hear from you.

Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan
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Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan

The European Union's high-profile, €1-billion Human Brain Project, launched last October, has come under fire from neuroscientists, who claim that poor management...

Pluto-Bound Probe Faces Crisis
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Pluto-Bound Probe Faces Crisis

Nearly 4.3 billion kilometres from Earth, and most of the way to Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is in danger of missing out on half of its mission.

Basic Science Finds Corporate Refuge
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Basic Science Finds Corporate Refuge

Microsoft makes Windows, Word, and the Xbox. But it also employs scientists who make sensors to stick on the hides of elephants and rhinoceroses.

Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Gibberish Papers
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Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Gibberish Papers

The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer...

Nasa Lays Out Long-Term Vision For Astrophysics
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Nasa Lays Out Long-Term Vision For Astrophysics

A new year is a good time to make long-term plans, and NASA has jumped into the deep end of planning.

Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money
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Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money

Planetary geologist Ellen Stofan joined NASA in August as the agency's chief scientist, an overarching role in which she advises on the science of all NASA programmes...

Nasa Missions Struggle to Cope with Shutdown
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Nasa Missions Struggle to Cope with Shutdown

All it took was four minutes.

Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking
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Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has upset a great many people this year.

Formula Predicts Research Papers' Future Citations
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Formula Predicts Research Papers' Future Citations

It sounds like a science administrator’s dream—or a scientist's worst nightmare: a formula that predicts how often research papers will be cited.

­.s. Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics
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­.s. Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics

The false mouse memories made the ethicists uneasy. By stimulating certain neurons in the hippocampus, Susumu Tonegawa and his colleagues caused mice to recall...
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