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Virtual Dissection Method Could Reinvigorate Zoology
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Virtual Dissection Method Could Reinvigorate Zoology

Last summer, researchers demonstrated that non-invasive imaging combined with a staining technique enables the fast comparison and study of earthworm species and...

A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing
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A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing

In 2010 two physicists at Manchester University in the U.K. shared a Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on a new wonder material: graphene, a flat sheet of carbon...

A Spectacular Spiral May Encircle the Milky Way
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A Spectacular Spiral May Encircle the Milky Way

Mapping a galaxy isn't easy when you live inside it.

Intel ­pgrades Stephen Hawking's Portal to the World
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Intel ­pgrades Stephen Hawking's Portal to the World

Movie audiences who went to theaters this fall to see The Theory of Everything got a glimpse of the challenges physicist Stephen Hawking has overcome to deliver...

What Is It Like to Control a Robotic Arm with a Brain Implant?
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What Is It Like to Control a Robotic Arm with a Brain Implant?

Jan Scheuermann is not your average experimental subject.

Nasa to Send Sample-Return Mission to Earth-Bound Asteroid
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Nasa to Send Sample-Return Mission to Earth-Bound Asteroid

NASA has long wanted to send a mission to Mars to grab some of its surface and sling it back to Earth.

Time Travel Simulation Resolves 'grandfather Paradox'
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Time Travel Simulation Resolves 'grandfather Paradox'

On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and iced champagne...

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on 'the Machine' Age Soon
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Transistor Successor Set to Bring on 'the Machine' Age Soon

Researchers are working to develop memristors, a response to the diminishing return of the transistor technology used in today's computer chips. 

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on "the Machine" Age Soon
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Transistor Successor Set to Bring on "the Machine" Age Soon

A replacement for the ordinary transistor may make it to market by the end of this decade, an event that will herald a radical redesign of traditional computer...

Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones
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Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones

To protect your financial and personal data, most mobiles come with PIN-based security, biometrics or number grids that require you to retrace a particular pattern...

Time Travel: Installing an Atomic Clock at 15,000 Feet
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Time Travel: Installing an Atomic Clock at 15,000 Feet

A few months ago I went to Cambridge, Mass. to check in with the Event Horizon Telescope crew and found Shep Doeleman, the project leader, fresh off the completion...

Electric Grid, You Have Software ­pdates Available
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Electric Grid, You Have Software ­pdates Available

The electric grid was designed as a one-way highway, with power cascading out from big power plants to cities and towns at the end of the line.

Watch the Earth From Space, Live!
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Watch the Earth From Space, Live!

It doesn't get much better than this (well, of course being in space might be better, albeit colder).

How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope
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How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope

Looking into the galactic center is hard.

NASA's Troubled $8-Billion Hubble Successor Is Back on Track
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NASA's Troubled $8-Billion Hubble Successor Is Back on Track

The Hubble Space Telescope is still operating, but its successor is already waiting in the wings.

Hubble Telescope Reveals Deepest View of the Universe Yet
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Hubble Telescope Reveals Deepest View of the Universe Yet

The Hubble Space Telescope has glimpsed farther into the universe than any observatory before, producing the first of six new "deep field" images that show objects...

Titan's Seas Get an Earthly Stand-In as Robot Explores Chilean Lake
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Titan's Seas Get an Earthly Stand-In as Robot Explores Chilean Lake

Early Mars rovers had little more intelligence than a fancy remote-controlled car.

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success
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How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

When Microsoft launched its research labs in 1991, the personal computer was just beginning to blossom into a worldwide phenomenon, thanks in no small part to Windows...

Could Atomically Thin Tin Transform Electronics?
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Could Atomically Thin Tin Transform Electronics?

Scientists have been trying to develop room-temperature superconductors—materials that conduct electrons with zero resistance, and do so without cumbersome, energy...

Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design
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Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design

The job of a materials scientist—to warp matter into new and useful forms—has historically involved a ridiculous amount of guesswork.
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