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Breakthrough of the Year, 2016

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  1. DeePhlat

    December 22, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Breakthrough of the Year, 2017: Human survivors discover some rocks and bones are sharper than others

  2. demonorse

    December 23, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Why the hell are scientists working on fertility treatments?

  3. luvthe1ugot

    December 23, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Can you make more videos about breakthroughs like this? I need more

  4. dude14377

    December 23, 2016 at 1:47 am

    You said about using protein cages to transport drugs around the body but what about buckminsterfullerene?

  5. Alternative Facts Survivor

    December 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    very cool

  6. Flat earthers are idiots

    December 25, 2016 at 7:35 am

    In b4 the flatearthers come

  7. Alexandria School of Science

    December 28, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    This is very well made. Please do it every year!

  8. AvangionQ

    January 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    @ 2:08 I see another use for those super lenses: super-thin glasses, regardless of degree of visual impairment, perhaps with augmented reality tech embedded in them … something to look forward to in the next few years …

  9. mastertheillusion

    January 7, 2017 at 12:58 am

    "never seen before in nature" – this statement is and will always be nonsensical.

  10. dr4t

    January 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

    We live on an over-populated planet, and we are wasting time researching fertility. Does that make any sense?

  11. yeah

    March 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    the scientific breakthrough of 2016 will have no impact on humanity within our lifetime. How anti climactic.

  12. Jason Bourne

    May 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Unsubscribed Pwediepie today and subs to Science Magazine

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de Roode, J.C., Yates, A.J., & Altizer, S. (2008). Virulence-transmission trade-offs and population divergence in virulence in a naturally occurring butterfly parasite. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105: 7489-7494

Ewald, P.W. (1983). Host-parasite relations, vectors, and the evolution of disease severity. Annual Reviews Ecology & Systematics 14: 465-485

Ewald, P.W. (1991). Waterborne transmission and the evolution of virulence among gastrointestinal bacteria. Epidemiology & Infection 106: 83-119.

Ewald, P.W. (1991). Transmission modes and the evolution of virulence: with special reference to cholera, influenza, and AIDS. Human Nature 2: 1-30.

Galvani, A.P. (2003) Epidemiology meets evolutionary ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 18: 132-139.

Lipsitch, M. & Moxon, E.R. (1997). Virulence and transmissibility of pathogens: what is the relationship? Trends in Microbiology 5: 31-37.

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Don Cleveland: 2018 Breakthrough Prize Award Presentation

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The recipients of the 2018 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics were presented to the public on December 3, 2017 at a gala awards ceremony at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. The event was hosted by Morgan Freeman, with a live performance by Wiz Khalifa and musician Nana Ou-Yang, and presentations from Mayim Bialik, Lily Collins, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Katie Ledecky, Kerry Washington, John Urschel, Miss USA Kára McCullough, Susan Wojcicki, Kevin Systrom, Sam Altman, Demis Hassabis and the founders of the Breakthrough Prize. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions and broadcast live on National Geographic, Facebook and YouTube. Learn more about the Breakthrough Prize at

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Researchers share $22m breakthrough prize as science gets rock star treatment

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Researchers share $22m breakthrough prize as science gets rock star treatment
The most glitzy event on the scientific calendar took place on Sunday night when the Breakthrough Foundation gave away $22m (£16.3m) in prizes to dozens of physicists, biologists and mathematicians at…

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