Top 10 science stories of 2016
Gravitational waves, Zika, Proxima b and more — what do these have in common? They’re included in Science News’ list of the top 10 science stories of 2016.
The top science stories include:
- The detection of gravitational waves, which introduced a new era in astronomy.
- The Zika virus, which brought devastation to families in Brazil, where cases of microcephaly surged.
- The discovery of Proxima b, a planet around the closest star to the sun.
- The three-parent baby boy born this year has DNA from mom and dad, plus donor mitochondria.
- Researchers are studying the complex biological consequences of Arctic sea ice loss.
- DNA studies put new twists on the timing of ancient human migrations out of Africa – but genetics alone are not enough to tell the full story.
- The minimal genome is a synthetic cell that discards unnecessary genes and embraces human design principles.
- In this Alzheimer’s treatment, a drug that got rid of amyloid brain plaques in people with the disease will undergo new tests to see if it also improves cognitive performance.
- Research this year confirms that the Antarctic ozone hole is healing, attributed to international cooperation and new technologies
- AlphaGo’s triumph over its human opponent in the board game Go provides a glimpse into the future of artificial intelligence.