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A patient participates in a brain-computer interface study. By placing an array of sensors directly on the brain and connecting them to a computer, researchers are able to decode brain signals into meaningful information, including some words. American Museum of Natural History Science Bulletins hide caption

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Research News

Mind Reading: Tech Turns Thought Into Action

7 min

Mind Reading: Tech Turns Thought Into Action

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Two cells — one marked mostly in green, the other in blue — of a newly discovered organism found in water samples collected from the University of Exeter pond. Scientists think these "cryptomycota" use their tails to propel themselves while searching for food. Meredith Jones/Nature hide caption

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Science

Scientists: New Branch On The Tree Of Life

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Scientists: New Branch On The Tree Of Life

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Workers assemble Volkswagen Golf 6 cars at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen and other German automakers are among those driving Germany's economic boom. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe

Wanted: Foreign Workers For Germany's Job Boom

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Wanted: Foreign Workers For Germany's Job Boom

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In this photo provided by ISAF Regional Command (South), members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul and 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, make their way to the Zabul Juvenile Detention Facility on Wednesday in Qalat, Afghanistan. The effect of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death on the Afghan insurgency is yet to be seen. Brian Ferguson/U.S. Air Force/AP hide caption

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World

Will Bin Laden's Death Affect Afghan Insurgency?

4 min

Will Bin Laden's Death Affect Afghan Insurgency?

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President Alassane Ouattara's challenge: to reconcile and restore peace to Ivory Coast. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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Africa

New Ivorian Leader Faces Challenges, Criticism

4 min

New Ivorian Leader Faces Challenges, Criticism

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Will Ferrell in Everything Must Go, based on a short story by Raymond Carver, whose work was also adapted into the Robert Altman film Short Cuts. John Estes/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Will Ferrell Plays It Straight In 'Everything Must Go'

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