2008’s Best Science

Wired’s 2008 Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs are pretty impressive indeed.

Scientists had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2008.

The Large Hadron Collider fired up for the first time, a temple of science opened its doors, several companies promised cheap genome sequencing and President-elect Obama hired a fantastic team of science advisers.

After decades of work, researchers made rat stem cells, built the first memristor and watched a language evolve like an organism. But none of those accomplishments impressed us as much as the breakthroughs on this list.

Read the whole list. Some of these, in particular petaflop computing, genetics, and stem cell research, will build on themselves and make more and greater advancements, hopefully soon.

Here’s to an equally impressive 2009.

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