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Ancient Structures Rebuilt ­sing 3D-Printed Bricks
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Ancient Structures Rebuilt ­sing 3D-Printed Bricks

Eight centuries on, the flying buttresses of Bourges Cathedral in France still beguile engineers.

Mind Meld: The Genius of Swarm Thinking
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Mind Meld: The Genius of Swarm Thinking

Iain Couzin does not have fond memories of field research.

Humanity's Forgotten Return to Africa Revealed in Dna
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Humanity's Forgotten Return to Africa Revealed in Dna

Call it humanity's unexpected U-turn.

Beams of Sound Immerse You in Music Others Can't Hear
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Beams of Sound Immerse You in Music Others Can't Hear

If you're sick of wading through a clogged email inbox or scrolling through endless Twitter timelines, Jörg Müller has a more fun way of sifting through your messages...

China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Victim of Moon Dust
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China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Victim of Moon Dust

A plucky bunny on the moon may have just met an untimely end.

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Google's Quantum Computer Flunks Landmark Speed Test

Google's quantum revolution is still in the slow lane.

Moth Drone Stays Rock Steady in Gale-Force Winds
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Moth Drone Stays Rock Steady in Gale-Force Winds

They might not seem at all stable as they batter into light bulbs but moths have inspired an autopilot for drones.

Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa
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Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa

Let's put Mars in our rear-view mirror.

The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak
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The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.

Europa's Choppy Ocean Looks Friendly to Life
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Europa's Choppy Ocean Looks Friendly to Life

As moons go, Europa is doing pretty well in the looks department.

Five Fascinating Things Revealed By Twitter Data
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Five Fascinating Things Revealed By Twitter Data

When technology companies get floated on the stock market, it prompts all kinds of analytical soul searching.

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky
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Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky

Some 2 million years ago, around the time our ancestors were learning to walk upright, a light appeared in the night sky, rivalling the moon for brightness and...

Man Controls New Prosthetic Leg ­sing Thought Alone
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Man Controls New Prosthetic Leg ­sing Thought Alone

A man missing his lower leg has gained precise control over a prosthetic limb, just by thinking about moving it—all because his unused nerves were preserved during...

Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost
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Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost

It's a cognitive leap forward. IBM can now program an experimental chip they unveiled two years ago.

Light Completely Stopped for a Record-breaking Minute
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Light Completely Stopped for a Record-breaking Minute

The fastest thing in the universe has come to a complete stop for a record-breaking minute. At full pelt, light would travel about 18 million kilometres in that...

New Language Helps Quantum Coders Build Killer Apps
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New Language Helps Quantum Coders Build Killer Apps

Quantum software has finally left the dark ages with the creation of the first practical, high-level programming language for quantum computers.

Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt For Mars Life
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Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt For Mars Life

There are aliens on Mars—and they came from Earth.

Mathematicians Think Like Machines For Perfect Proofs
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Mathematicians Think Like Machines For Perfect Proofs


Slime Mold Could Make Memristors For Biocomputers
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Slime Mold Could Make Memristors For Biocomputers

Researchers say the feeding fronds of the slime Physarum polycephalum could be used to build exotic computers. 
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