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Using an instrument they've named the HOLODEC, for Holographic Detector for Clouds, scientists can now see in fine detail the way air and water droplets mix at a cloud's wispiest edge. iStockphoto hide caption

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What's At The Edge Of A Cloud?

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Star Trek's Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk never even lose pocket change when they use a transporter to get from TV's Starship Enterprise to distant worlds. What gives? Paramount Television/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

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Dr. David Muller, dean of medical education at Mount Sinai, believes that including in each medical school class some students who have a strong background in the humanities makes traditional science students better doctors, too. Cindy Carpien for NPR hide caption

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A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors

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Smart phones contain a silicon chip inside the camera that might be used to detect rare, high energy particles from outer space. J. Yang/Courtesy of WIPAC hide caption

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Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

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Water molecules between two layers of graphene arranged themselves in a lattice of squares — unlike any other known form of ice. NPG Press via YouTube hide caption

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Scientists Discover A New Form Of Ice — It's Square

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Rabia Salihu Sai'id, Mojisola Usikalu, Nashwa Eassa, Mojisola Oluwayemisi and Dang Thi Oanh won the Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World Alison Bert/Elsevier Connect hide caption

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Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles Townes was single-minded about a lot of things, colleagues say. And also a very nice guy. Julian Wasser/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty hide caption

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Charles Townes, Laser Pioneer, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

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