• The Runners-Up

    This year's runners-up for Breakthrough of the Year include what makes asteroids red, ancient DNA in modern humans, the structure of photosystem II, pristine gas in the early universe, the microbiome, a new malaria vaccine, alien solar systems, zeolites, and senescent cells.

  • Areas to Watch

    In 2012, Science's editors will be watching the Large Hadron Collider (again), faster-than-light neutrinos, stem-cell metabolism, genomic epidemiology, efforts to treat intellectual disabilities, and Curiosity's mission to Mars.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, the National Human Genome Research Institute announced its latest 4-year genome sequencing program, Europe is taking most of the cash needed for ITER from agricultural subsidies, the Library of Congress and NASA have created a new chair in astrobiology, and elements 114 and 116 have been named.

  • Aging Genes: The Sirtuin Story Unravels

    Work that pinpointed the control of aging in a handful of genes is being taken apart by some of the scientists who made early discoveries. Efforts to replicate studies are producing conflicting results.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, a Chinese climate report paints a grim picture, a new Australian facility is imaging the world's worst viruses infecting cells in real time, the European Union has banned "backscatter" body scanners, and Chinese geneticists plan to sequence thousands of crops, animals, and insects.

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