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Year in Science: Genetic hopes and fears come true

In science, it was the best of times, and the worst of times. 2018 was a year when researchers focused in on ways to head off disease by reprogramming a patient’s own cells, but also crossed what many thought were ethical red … Continue reading

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Year in Space: From launch pad to beyond Pluto

Launches, launches, launches! 2018 was a big year for liftoffs, particularly for SpaceX and its billionaire CEO, Elon Musk. The past year also saw a number of notable trips to interplanetary destinations, including the Martian surface and two asteroids. What’s … Continue reading

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Year in Space: From a black sun to a brighter moon

The first total solar eclipse to go across America from coast to coast in 99 years has to rank as the top space story of 2017. But where do you go from there? Would you believe the moon? The moon … Continue reading

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Year in Science: Neutron star smashup leads the list

For the second year in a row, the journal Science is hailing a discovery sparked by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory as the Breakthrough of the Year. Last year, the breakthrough was LIGO’s first-ever detection of a gravitational-wave burst thrown off by the merger of … Continue reading

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AI platform picks Putin as Person of the Year

The guessing game has already begun for Time’s Person of the Year pick, and according to a Silicon Valley company called Unanimous AI, Russian President Vladimir Putin is favored to follow in the footsteps of President Donald Trump. To reach that conclusion, … Continue reading

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Sex! Brains! Mystery! The Weirdies have ’em all

When the calendar turns, it’s time to reflect on the biggest sensations of the past year: Time’s Person of the Year, AP’s Top News Story, Hollywood’s Oscar picks — and, of course, the Weirdies. The Weirdies? Since 2008, my annual Weird Science Awards … Continue reading

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The Year in Aerospace, from drones to dwarfs

New Horizons is the name of the Pluto mission that reached its climax in 2015, but the name also provides an apt two-word description for the year’s big news in aviation and space exploration. You could argue that New Horizons’ … Continue reading

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