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Making Magic

For today’s blockbusters, the real wizards work their magic behind the scenes, with computers.

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Seeding the Future

A bumper crop of genetic data will help boost yields and equip plants to cope with pests, diseases, and weather extremes.

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Vital Robotics

In this vision, the biological and computational worlds have merged on every level, the physical world of humanity joined to digital reality.

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Your Story for a Mug

Would you swap a story for a mug? So far, several hundred people have taken the deal.

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Patients Programmed for Trouble

It seems like the patients are trying to be difficult. Actually, they are.

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Real-Time Research

This idyllic, if synthetic, river scene was drawn by computer graphics specialist Jay Steele.

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How to Bottle a Waterfall

Here’s the concept: Our intrepid robot has been deployed to explore a new world and find water.

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What Is Character and How Do We Get it?

Philosopher Charles Starkey: Character traits are tied to values, but values are not static things.

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The Business of Friendship Isn’t Business

Philosopher Todd May: We might say of friendships that they are a matter not of diversion or of return but of meaning.

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Good Vibrations

The resilience of our vocal cords is a marvel of physiology so extraordinary that it hints at the nature of healing.

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