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The only way to bring flying cars to the masses is to leave the flying to the car
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Gene therapy, once off to a rocky start, transforms medicine by getting at the root cause of many diseases
By the next century lions, tigers and other marquee species will be gone or confined to zoos
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How future generations will make the voyage from our earthly home to the planets and beyond—and what it means for our species
Newly discovered states of matter embody what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” They defy explanation, but lately answers have come from a seemingly unrelated corner of physics: string theory...
A new way to link artificial arms and hands to the nervous system could allow the brain to control prostheses as smoothly as if they were natural limbs
Light microscopy reveals hidden marvels of the natural world
Our many different senses collaborate even more than previously realized. What we hear depends a lot on what we see and feel
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