Each year, the editors and news staff of Science look back at the big science stories of the past 12 months, and dub one of them the Breakthrough of the Year. This year's
top Breakthrough, and nine runners-up, are showcased in a series of articles in the 23 December 2005 issue of the journal -- as well as in online extras including a streaming video presentation on this year's main breakthrough, a podcast on the runners-up, and links to additional references and resources embedded in each article. Meanwhile, a series of stories
on ScienceCareers.org looks at how researchers today are building careers at the forefront of evolutionary science. The entire package of articles
and online extras is free to all site visitors.
Why evolution, and why now? A special Sciencevideo presentation explains why our editors and news staff have chosen studies of "evolution in action" as 2005's Breakthrough of the Year.
(Also, learn about the runners-up in a special-edition podcast.)
- Breakthrough of the Year: Evolution in Action
- In studies of organisms ranging from the avian flu virus to the chimpanzee, scientists drove home a simple and timely message:
Evolution works. (Also see a related editorial by Donald Kennedy.)
- The Runners-Up
- The also-rans included a bevy of successful planetary missions, advances in systems biology, and much more.
- Areas to Watch in 2006
- Keep an eye peeled next year for developments in flu studies, gravitational waves, RNAi, and more.
- Scorecard 2004
- The fearless Science staff looks back at how well their year-end 2004 actually predictions fared in 2005.
- Breakdown of the Year: U.S. Particle Physics
- Particle physicists in the U.S. would probably like to forget 2005.
- Disasters: Searching for Lessons from a Bad Year
- Three major natural disasters left nearly 300,000 dead in the past 12 months -- and even worse years likely lie ahead.
- Evolution: Getting in on the Action
- In connection with Science's Breakthrough of the Year, ScienceCareers.org sought out some of the people who today are applying new technologies to the
advancement of evolutionary science.
- The Evolution of Butterfly Vision
- Adriana Briscoe, an evolutionary biologist at UC-Irvine, studies the evolution of red-green color vision in butterflies.
- Evolutionary Ecology, Locally and Globally
- Finland's Hanna Kokko talks about her career and life as an evolutionary ecologist.
- Natural Evolution in a Career
- In Canada, evolutionary science has had several good decades, but the future may not be as rosy.
- Career Diversity in Evolutionary Genetics
- Young Spanish scientists show us that there are many paths into evolutionary genetics research.