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Rounding up the big science breakthroughs of 2016

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A hand out image made available by the European Southern Observatory on August 24 2016, shows an artist's impression of a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. -/AFP/Getty Images

It was a big year in the world of science. According to a list of 2016’s best breakthroughs in the Guardian, gravitational waves made the list.

Thanks to that physics discovery, it’s now possible to take a look at the universe’s inception--I know right?

Using DNA from three people to create human life and CRISPR gene editing were also in the headlines this year.

Another area that made strides in 2016 was artificial intelligence. With Amazon’s “Echo” as a personal assistant in people’s homes, AI went from a futuristic dream to an everyday reality.

To round up these breakthroughs, Patt weighs in with Scientific American’s Michael Lemonick on what new developments literally and figuratively made waves in 2016.

Guest:

Michael Lemonick, opinion editor at Scientific American; he tweets @MLemonick

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