Voting is now open for Science's 2016 Breakthrough of the Year. In addition to the journal's editors and writers selecting their top science story of the past year, as they have for the past two decades, they also are asking readers to weigh in.
Fifteen of the most momentous scientific discoveries, developments, or trends of 2016 are listed as semi-finalists:
- The likely existence of Planet X
- Human embryos developing in a lab dish
- Speedy Zika vaccines
- Ripples in spacetime
- Artificial intelligence (AI) ups its game
- A nearby exoplanet
- Genetic studies confirm a single Great Migration from Africa populated the world
- Pocket-sized DNA (nanopore) sequencers
- Converting stem cells into fertile eggs
- Great apes read minds
- Super metalenses, lighter and thinner than glass
- Custom-designed proteins, never seen in nature
- Eliminating worn-out cells extends health and lifespan
- Lichens are compromised of three organisms, not two
- Landing the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket safely back on Earth
Vote for your top three choices for the most momentous scientific discovery, development, or trend of 2016. Educators could ask a student or two to each make the case for one of the semi-finalists and could then submit a vote from the class as a whole, or they could ask each student to cast their own votes and to offer an explanation for the choices.
Voting for this first round runs through midnight on December 4. A second round of voting beginning December 5 will narrow down five finalists to a single People's Choice winner. Both this selection and the editors' pick will be announced in the final 2016 issue of the magazine on December 22.
You can learn more about Science's Breakthrough of the Year for the past five years right here on Science NetLinks. The breakthroughs were, in 2015, the gene-splicing tool, CRISPR; for 2014, the Rosetta Mission to land a spacecraft on a comet (listen to the Science Update here); in 2013, cancer immunotherapy; for 2012, confirmation of the existence of the Higgs Boson particle; and in 2011, anti-HIV drugs.
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