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Neanderthals: Bone Technique Redrafts Prehistory
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Neanderthals: Bone Technique Redrafts Prehistory

Neanderthals and humans lived together in Europe for thousands of years, concludes a timeline based on radiocarbon dates from 40 key sites across Europe.

Only 10 Midges Needed to Make a Swarm
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Only 10 Midges Needed to Make a Swarm

To most people, a cloud of midges is an annoyance.

Organic Synthesis: The Robo-Chemist
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Organic Synthesis: The Robo-Chemist

In faded photographs from the 1960s, organic-chemistry laboratories look like an alchemist's paradise.

Fiendish Million-Dollar Proof Eludes Mathematicians
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Fiendish Million-Dollar Proof Eludes Mathematicians

Is a solution to one of the most important, beautiful and potentially lucrative problems in mathematics right around the corner?

Fiendish Wheat Genome Reveals Grain's History
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Fiendish Wheat Genome Reveals Grain's History

A draft genome sequence of wheat promises to speed efforts to breed new types of one of the world's most important crops — and to reveal the tangled genomic history...

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...

China's Lunar Rover Limps Into Another Long Night
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China's Lunar Rover Limps Into Another Long Night

As it plunges into another two-week long 'lunar night', Jade Rabbit, China's Moon rover, is living on borrowed time.

Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock Yet
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Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock Yet

By exploiting the tricks of quantum physics, researchers say they could build a worldwide network of atomic clocks that are much more accurate than any single clock...

Ambitious Plans For Brain Project Unveiled
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Ambitious Plans For Brain Project Unveiled

A working group of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented a ten-year plan for the agency's portion of a major neuroscience initiative announced last...

Microbes Defy Rules of Dna Code
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Microbes Defy Rules of Dna Code

The instructions encoded into DNA are thought to follow a universal set of rules across all domains of life. But researchers report today in Science1 that organisms...

First Life with 'alien' Dna
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First Life with 'alien' Dna

For billions of years, the history of life has been written with just four letters—A, T, C and G, the labels given to the DNA subunits contained in all organisms...

Human Evolution: The Neanderthal in the Family
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Human Evolution: The Neanderthal in the Family

Before ancient DNA exposed the sexual proclivities of Neanderthals or the ancestry of the first Americans, there was the quagga.

Mugshots Built from Dna Data
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Mugshots Built from Dna Data

Leaving a hair at a crime scene could one day be as damning as leaving a photograph of your face.

Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.

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.

Father's Genetic Quest Pays Off
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Father's Genetic Quest Pays Off

Hugh Rienhoff says that his nine-year-old daughter, Bea, is "a fire cracker", "a tomboy" and "a very sassy, impudent girl". But in a forthcoming research paper,...
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