Top science stories of 2010 – scandalous speculation & watershed moments

Dec 28, 2010

The interbreeding of early humans and Neanderthals backed by DNA evidence, a microbe that lives on arsenic (or does it?), the electric car makes an electrifying comeback, WikiLeaks delivers a hard lesson in data security, an Icelandic volcano with a nearly unpronounceable erupts, a disaster that blackened Gulf waters – these are some of the impressive and disruptive events that defined this year in science and technology. All of these made Scientific American’s top science stories of 2010 list. Like most year-end lists, this one leaves room for debate and criticism. What stories made the cut? Which ones didn’t (ahem, teleportation via parallel universes)? What’s likely to be the next major discovery in 2011?

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