NewsBreakthrough of the Year 2016

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Science  23 Dec 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6319, pp. 1518-1523
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6319.1518

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The nine runners up for Science's Breakthrough of the Year ranged from the planetary scale to the nanoscale. They are: the detection of a planet orbiting our sun's nearest neighbor, the defeat of the world's No. 2 Go player by a computer, evidence that mouse longevity is improved by weeding out worn-out cells, a demonstration in great apes of a mind-reading skill that only humans were thought to possess, the production of a raft of proteins never seen in nature, the birth of mouse pups from eggs grown entirely in the lab, evidence that a single wave of migration from Africa peopled the globe, the coming-of-age of hand-held sequencing devices, and the production of lenses thinner than a sheet of paper that can focus visible light.