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Wired Science News for Your Neurons Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2009

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Image: The backside of the 88-inch cyclotron at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. LBNL
With so many incredible scientific advances and discoveries this year, Wired Science had a tough time choosing which 10 were the biggest. So, we went with the ones that stood out for us. From the amazing collective power of jellyfish, to a new human ancestor, to a cancer-detecting breathalyzer test, these stories made our list of kick-ass science in 2009.
No. 10 Element 114 Confirmed

In a cyclotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a beam of calcium atoms slammed into a plutonium target, producing a pair of element 114 atoms for the second time in human history. Years earlier, a Russian team made similar claims, but their accomplishment remained in doubt.

It turns out that the Russians were right. But their results were somewhat disappointing. Each atom lasted for only tenths of a second. An older generation of scientists had hoped that humanity would someday find a way to make extremely heavy elements that last a long time. That search continues.
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Physicists Create Working Transistor...

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Physicists Create Working Transistor
Consisting of a Single Atom

Next Generation: Sneaking into a Cell

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Next Generation: Sneaking into a Cell

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Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images
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Ion Torrent CEO and chairman Jonathan Rothberg
holds a semiconductor sequencing chip that will
be used in the new Proton semi-conductor based
genome sequencing machine in Guilford,
Connecticut, January 5, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Michelle McLoughlin



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