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2016 Breakthrough of the Year

Every December, Science magazine announces a Breakthrough of the Year and a short list of runners-up. Writers and editors, with help from the Board of Reviewing Editors and other scientists, comb through the year’s scientific advances and judge which have done the most to benefit humanity, answer long-standing questions, or pave the way for fruitful new research. Watch this video to learn about the 2016 list of science’s greatest hits, including this year's Breakthrough of the Year, ripples in spacetime.

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