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The Greatest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2012

List Criteria: Discoveries by scientists in 2012

The greatest scientific breakthroughs of 2012 include the biggest accomplishments and discoveries in the world of science throughout the year. These 2012 scientific breakthroughs are not just highly impressive, they are huge leaps into understanding our world better and doing things that were only pipe dreams not too long ago.

Arguably, the biggest scientific breakthrough came with the Higgs Boson discovery. Using five decades of research, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider discovered the god-like particle which is responsible for giving other elements mass. This breakthrough wasn't simply the biggest of the year but also considered to be the most important fundamental physics discovery in more than a generation.

Other breakthroughs came from out of this world places, in space. After successfully landing the Curiosity rover on Mars, NASA was able to use the on-board tools discovered what it believed to show evidence of water once on the red planet. In other outer space news, an earth-like planet was discovered orbiting Alpha Centauri and SpaceX became the first commercial craft to dock with the International Space Station.

But these important scientific discoveries only scrape the surface of the fantastic breakthroughs from 2012 with other discoveries into stem cell use, SNA, quantum teleportation, genome sequencing and even invisibility all deserve a great deal of recognition as well. Each will serve as a huge step into discovering bigger and better things in 2012.

Which scientific breakthrough do you think is the biggest of 2012? Want to add one not already listed? Add your say below with this list of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of 2012.

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    Water on Mars

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    Higgs Boson Discovery

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    Curiosity Lands on Mars

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    New Quantum Teleportation Distance Record

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    Scientists Create Time Cloak

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    Earth-Sized Planet Discovered Orbiting Alpha Centauri

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    SpaceX Launch

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    XNA Molecule Discovery

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    Egg Cells Created From Stem Cells

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    Genome Sequencing for Fetuses

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    Lichen Survive Mars-like Environment

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    The ENCODE Project

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    Neutrino Mixing Angle Discovery

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    FoxO Gene Discovery

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    Siberian Pleistocene Plant Revived

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    Denisovan Genome DNA Sequencing

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    Brain-Machine Interface Advancements

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    X-Ray Lasers Decipher Proteins

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    Majorana Fermions Confirmation

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    Scientists Reach Lake Vostok

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