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Top 10 Science stories of 2009 by Scientific American

The science publications organization Scientific American has listed what it considers the top 10 science stories for 2009. They range from the collision of protons and a flu epidemic, to a world conference on climate. The SciAm slideshow highlights these major science stories in the year 2009.

Scientific American is a popular science periodical that is published internationally.

Its website states, "Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S., has been bringing its readers unique insights about developments in science and technology for more than 160 years."

SciAm states that it "... has a total of more than 1,000,000 copies in circulation worldwide."

It is published in eighteen foreign languages around the world, including (in alphabetical order) Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, (Traditional) Chinese, (Simplified) Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish.

These top stories of 2009, according to the publishers of Scientific American, include the Large Hadron Collider, the H1N1 flu epidemic, the human ancestor “Ardi,” and the Copenhagen Climate Conference.

Other major stories highlighted in the Scientific American listing for 2009 include the AIDS vaccine trials, the NASA Hubble Space Telescope repair mission, and the environmental changes that affect the genes of humans.

Also included in the top ten science stories of 2009 are the NASA LCROSS spacecraft that found water on the Moon, the National Ignition Facility, and money to stimulate science.

Page two concludes with the SciAm website featuring the Top 10 Science Stories of 2009.

For instance, one of the top 10 stories in science within the year 2009 is from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the United States.

Its National Ignition Facility (NIF) was dedicated in 2009.

The NIF is now the world’s largest laser system.

The Scientific American article The Top 10 Science Stories of 2009 states, “The main mission of the NIF is to generate technical data necessary to maintain the U.S. nuclear arsenal without the actual detonation of nuclear warheads."

But NIF designers also think that astrophysics studies will benefit because the system creates conditions similar to those in supernovae, black hole event horizons and the centers of gas-giant planets.”

The Scientific American article also mentions other science highlights in 2009: “The year also celebrated several important past events: It saw the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his Origin of Species; the 40th anniversary of the first humans on another world; and the 400th of Galileo's report that proved not all heavenly bodies circle the Earth."

"The year also marked the first occasion in which the science Nobel Prize committee honored more than one woman—four, in fact.”

The SciAm slideshow of the Top 10 Science Stories of 2009 is found on the Scientific American’s website “The Top 10 Science Stories of 2009 [Slide Show]

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