Special Online Collection: Breakthrough of the Year 2006

In the 22 December 2006 issue, the editors and news staff of Science once again review some of the big science stories of the past 12 months, and dub one of them the Breakthrough of the Year for 2007. A special section showcases the Breakthrough and nine runners up, as well as shining the spotlight on the less auspicious Breakdown of the Year and taking a look at what might lie ahead in 2007. (The package is complemented by a special Breakthrough edition of the Science Podcast.)

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Special "Breakthrough" Podcast

In a special edition of the Science Podcast, the journal's news staff and editors review some of the big and not so big scientific stories of 2006 -- and what might be in the news during 2007. [More podcasts]

Editorial: Breakthrough of the Year >
Science Editor-in-Chief Donald Kennedy overviews the big stories from 2006 covered in this year's Breakthrough issue.
Breakthrough of the Year: The Poincaré Conjecture -- Proved >
The solution of a century-old mathematics problem turns out to be a bittersweet prize.
The Runners-Up >
The runners-up for 2006's Breakthrough of the Year include advances in paleogenomics, glaciology, paleontology, optics, medicine, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and molecular biology.
Scorecard 2006 >
How well did the editors forecast the year's Areas to Watch? The record shows that some of their crystal balls were clouded by wishful thinking.
Breakdown of the Year: Scientific Fraud >
The Woo Suk Hwang stem cell debacle marked the beginning of a bad year for honest science. Incidents of publication fraud, if not on the rise, are garnering more attention, and the review process is under scrutiny.
Areas to Watch in 2007 >
Science's editors predict that planetary science, paleoanthropology, primate genomics, climate change, whole-genome association studies, and optical lattices will be the areas to watch in 2007.