NewsBREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR

The Runners-Up

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  18 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5960, pp. 1600-1607
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5960.1600

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Summary

The torrent of recent gamma ray observations from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope topped the list of this year's runners-up for Breakthrough of the Year. Other notable discoveries included the long-sought receptor for a key plant hormone, mock monopoles, a drug that increases life span, ice on the moon, gene-therapy successes, insights into the properties of graphene and how to use it to make novel devices, Hubble's rebirth, and the first x-ray laser.