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Scorecard for 2015

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Science  18 Dec 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6267, pp. 1461
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6267.1461

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Last year's Areas to Watch fared reasonably well in 2015. As predicted, researchers vied to figure out how changes in Arctic ice cover and temperature affect extreme weather events at lower latitudes. Space missions to Pluto and Ceres were as exciting as expected and revealed tantalizing possible links between the two far-apart dwarf planets. The Large Hadron Collider revved up its energy as planned but fell far short of its target for collecting data. And efforts to harness patients' immune systems to fight cancer continued to surge, although researchers are still waiting for hoped-for hard results. New results are still pouring in on all fronts.