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An inventor of a storage technology tries to outlast a brutal stretch for new energy companies.

Danielle Fong has a clever way to widen the use of renewable power: take the electricity produced by, say, a wind farm and use it to compress air in carbon-fiber tanks. When the wind quiets down,...

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imageCongress pushes for a $1.3 billion increase on the space agency’s 2015 spending levels....
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Christmas party season is upon us! Rhiannon Williams rounds up the best gadgets and apps to make yours go with a bang...
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Like any proud father, Gary Marcus is only too happy to talk about the latest achievements of his two-year-old son. More unusually, he believes that the way his toddler learns and reasons may hold the key to making machines much more intelligent.

Sitting in the boardroom of a bustling Manhattan...

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 |

Extra-solar planets | The Economist

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Telescopes are nowhere near good enough to see features on planets orbiting stars other than the sun. But if a planet passes in front of its parent star they can study the spectrum of starlight passing through its atmosphere. This shows what the atmosphere is made of and how cloudy it is. A planet’s size can be estimated from how much light...

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Jerome Lejeune is the Frenchman who discovered the chromosomal error responsible for causing Down syndrome, half a century ago. Lejeune, who died in 1994, was a devout Catholic, and he was aghast when he realized his discovery would lead to prenatal tests and abortions. In his view, this was...

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In the new movie Concussion, Will Smith plays a neuropathologist who performed a game-changing autopsy on former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002. After a career in which Webster earned four Super Bowl rings and a spot[1] in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he suffered from memory...

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Tech titans join forces to fund research into artificial intelligence that has a positive social impact - amid dire warnings that rapid, unexpected advances could kill off humankind...
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Thursday, 10 December 2015 |

The latest pictures from Pluto

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NASA’s probe to Pluto, New Horizons, spent mere minutes skimming past that celestial body’s surface on the morning of July 14th. As it did so, though, its camera was snapping at full pelt and storing pictures in the craft’s databanks. Since then, those databanks have gradually been disgorging their contents back to Earth. It is a...

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