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Why Humans Live So Long

Modern genomes and ancient mummies are yielding clues to why the life span of Homo sapiens far exceeds that of other primates

By Heather Pringle

The Truth about China’s Patent Boom

Why China's surge in international patents marks the emergence of a new, international form of research and development

By Lee Branstetter, Guangwei Li and Francisco Veloso

How Big Data Can Transform Society for the Better

The digital traces we leave behind each day reveal more about us than we know. This could become a privacy nightmare—or it could be the foundation of a healthier, more prosperous world...

By Alex Pentland

How to Build a Robot Octopus

Smart, strong and flexible, the octopus is an enticing model for an entirely new kind of many-armed, multitalented robot

By Katherine Harmon Courage

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Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Self-Awareness or Illusion?

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