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Top science breakthroughs of 2012

Posted on Monday, 31 December, 2012 | Comment icon 4 comments

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This year's achievements range from the discovery of the Higgs boson to Curiosity landing on Mars.

2012 has been a good year for scientific advancements and breakthroughs. On July 4th physicists at CERN revealed evidence indicating the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson particle, an important milestone in particle physics. NASA also made history when they landed their car-sized rover Curiosity on Mars in August using their revolutionary new 'sky crane' landing system.

Elsewhere, a team of researchers succeeded in developing a working brain interface through which a paralyzed patient could move a mechanical arm using nothing more than the power of thought. Scientists in Japan have also made the list by demonstrating that embryonic stem cells from mice could be coaxed in to becoming viable egg cells, providing a powerful new tool for studying genes and other factors relating to egg cell development.

"The observation of an elusive sub-atomic particle, known as the Higgs boson, has been heralded by the journal Science as the most important scientific discovery of 2012."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Coffey on 31 December, 2012, 14:13
That list could be bigger if we didn't have scientists spending time on research like "dogs have feelings" and all the other garbage we have heard this year that we already knew.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hilander on 31 December, 2012, 17:21
Just wait these discoveries have a way of leading to others. Sometimes their great and sometimes you wish they had just stuck to telling us dogs have feelings when you start having to live with the new discovery.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Coffey on 31 December, 2012, 18:31
Just wait these discoveries have a way of leading to others. Sometimes their great and sometimes you wish they had just stuck to telling us dogs have feelings when you start having to live with the new discovery. You do have a good point there. lol
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 31 December, 2012, 20:21
Well, I hope something significant comes-out of the suggested Higgs Boson. I'm tired of being "stuck" here on earth.

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