Science & Technology
Top science breakthroughs of 2012
By T.K. Randall
December 31, 2012 · 4 comments
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This year's achievements range from the discovery of the Higgs boson to Curiosity landing on Mars.
[!gad]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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