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Program good ethics into artificial intelligence

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 5:21am

Concerns that artificial intelligence will pose a danger if it develops consciousness are misplaced, says Jim Davies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/538291a

How Republicans reshaped the House science committee

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 5:21am

Chairman Lamar Smith has turned once-placid panel into investigative powerhouse.

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Effort to wrangle geoscience data faces uncertain future

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:21pm

Five years in, the US EarthCube programme has struggled to deliver on its promises.

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Monkey 'tools' raise questions over human archaeological record 

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 9:21am

Capuchin monkeys in Brazil unintentionally produce rock fragments that resemble ancient stone tools.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20816

The polling crisis: How to tell what people really think

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 9:21am

This year’s US presidential election is the toughest test yet for political polls as experts struggle to keep up with changing demographics and technology.

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@ScientistTrump will make science great again

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:21am

Florida ecologist uses a parody Twitter account as a way of highlighting issues in science and academia.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20830

Green Climate Fund earmarks more than $1 billion for developing countries

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 1:21pm

But UN flagship has handed out barely any money.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20834

Europe’s probe feared lost on Mars

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:21pm

Mission control loses contact with Schiaparelli lander while sister craft successfully enters Martian orbit.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20838

Reports of ‘three-parent babies’ multiply

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 1:21pm

Claims of infants created using mitochondrial-replacement techniques stir scientific and ethical debate.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20849

Mars excitement, campus riots and a freeze on refrigerants

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:21am

The week in science: 14–20 October 2016

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The scientists who support Donald Trump

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 9:21am

Science policy fades into background for many who back Republican candidate in US presidential race.

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The power of prediction markets

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 2:21pm

Scientists are beginning to understand why these ‘mini Wall Streets’ work so well at forecasting election results — and how they sometimes fail.

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Scientists up stakes in bet on whether humans will live to 150

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 2:21pm

Winner's descendants could scoop hundreds of millions of dollars by the middle of next century.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20818

Mysterious origin of European bison revealed using DNA and cave art

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:21am

Threatened forest icon may be a hybrid of two extinct species.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20822

Astronomers spot distant world in Solar System’s far reaches

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:21am

The enigmatic object travels an orbit that reaches well beyond Pluto.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20831

Europe and Russia prepare for historic landing on Mars

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 4:21pm

Schiaparelli touchdown would be ESA's first success on the red planet.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20812

Mouse eggs made from skin cells in a dish

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 4:21pm

Breakthrough raises call for debate over prospect of artificial human eggs.

Nature 538 301 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20817

Nations agree to ban refrigerants that worsen climate change

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:21pm

Use of heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons to be cut sharply under ozone treaty.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20810

Troubled plant-biology group faces new inquiry

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:21pm

Team of leading biologist Olivier Voinnet chalks up eighth retraction.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20807

Universe has ten times more galaxies than researchers thought

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:21pm

The new estimate could help astronomers better understand how galaxies form and grow.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20809