Mythical Particles, Goldilocks Planets and More: Top 5 Surprising Scientific Milestones of 2012

Mythical Particles, Goldilocks Planets and More: Top 5 Surprising Scientific Milestones of 2012

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The year 2012 was a major one for science. We saw scientists develop a new type of drug to combat HIV, figure out how to store digital data in DNA—fitting an astonishing 700 terabytes of information into a single gram of it—and even invent a coating for the inside of condiment bottles that could eliminate our stuck-ketchup-headaches once and for all (though, admittedly, this one is a little less groundbreaking than the others). Yet a few milestones in particular—discoveries, technological feats, realizations, and inventions—stand out:

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