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Why predicting the future is more than just horseplay

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April 24, 2017 --Three years out of a PhD in physics in 1953, John Kelly Jr. published a breakthrough paper about insider information in horse racing in an unlikely place: the Bell Labs Technical Journal. By the time it was in print, the paper's title had been scrubbed of its references to gambling – the AT&T executives didn't care for Bell Labs to be so directly associated with horse racing – but the content remained. Dr. Kelly had not just cracked the mathematics underlying a type of gambling, but he had also revealed deeper patterns about the nature of prediction.


Breakthroughs arise from a precise mix of old and new knowledge, say scientists

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April 21, 2017 --"If I have seen further," wrote Isaac Newton in a 1676 letter to Robert Hooke about studying the nature of light, "it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Now, a study of nearly 30 million research papers and more than 5 million patents offers clues as to where more of these giants might be lurking.


British kid finds NASA mistake: when too many cooks don't spoil anything

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March 24, 2017 --The days when a chemist's assistant like Michael Faraday or a friar like Gregor Mendel could single-handedly revolutionize a field of science may seem long gone, but one British student is showing the world that anyone can play a role in research.


How origami machines might unlock secrets of Mars and the universe

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March 23, 2017 --If some NASA researchers have their way, Mars exploration technology of the future may rely on an art form from the past.


Why origami machines may unlock secrets of Mars and the universe

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March 23, 2017 --If some NASA researchers have their way, Mars exploration technology of the future may rely on an art form from the past.


Stephen Hawking calls for 'world government' to stop a robot uprising

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March 9, 2017 --Physicist Stephen Hawking may be a proponent of artificial intelligence, but he has also been outspoken about the potential challenges it creates. In a recent interview, he sounded a similar tone, and offered a solution that conservatives may find hard to accept.


Stephen Hawking calls for 'world government' to stop robot uprising

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March 9, 2017 --Physicist Stephen Hawking may be a proponent of artificial intelligence, but he has also been outspoken about the potential challenges it creates. In a recent interview, he sounded a similar tone, and offered a solution that conservatives my find hard to accept.


How lasers are helping flesh out what dinosaurs really looked like

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February 28, 2017 --The combination of dinosaurs and lasers may sound like the next blockbuster science fiction movie. But for paleontologists, the two together might mean finding hard evidence of what the prehistoric beasts actually looked like.


Sunday's solar eclipse: Yes, these events still produce real science

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February 25, 2017 --Total solar eclipses only happen once every year or two, and when they do they're over in a flash.


Not just a pretty face: Solar eclipses still produce real science

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February 25, 2017 --Total solar eclipses only happen once every year or two, and when they do they're over in a flash.