Highlights of the year 2018


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The end of a year always invites you to take stock: What was special about this year? What scientific achievements have existed and what natural events triggered concern and hardships?

As always at the end of the year, some of the scientific highlights summarize the journal "Science" in its breakthroughs of the year. What was outstanding in physics was summed up for us by the American Physical Society. In astronomy we had a special spectacle in 2018: in July we were able to admire the longest lunar eclipse of the century and at the same time Mars in opposition to the sun.

But along with these advances and achievements, there have been less enjoyable developments: climate change is increasingly showing its negative face, bringing 1, 018 weather extremes around the world. Among them were heavy, particularly rainy cyclones like Michael and Florence in the USA or the Typhoon Mangkhut in Asia. A symptom of change, however, was also the record summer, which brought unusual heat and lasting drought to almost the entire northern hemisphere.

For the global research community there was a great loss to mourn in 2018: Stephen Hawking, the great British physicist and cosmologist, died in March 2018. But in several posthumously published articles, his ingenious spirit lives on.

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Neutrino riddles, new measures and magic graphs

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The breakthrough of the year 2017 (22.12.2017)
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Egyptian Death Garden discovered (08.05.2017)
Archaeologists uncover 4, 000-year-old funeral home with garden

Science Trends: What awaits us in 2017? (02.01.2017)
A look into the black hole, the XFEL and China as a climate protection pioneer

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Top Ten Physics 2016 (14.12.2016)
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First detection of gravitational waves (12.02.2016)
LIGO detectors register signals from two merging black holes

Science Trends: What awaits us in 2016? (04.01.2016)
Gravitational waves, new particles and commercial geoengineering

Research Highlights 2015 (18.12.2015)
Trade magazine "Science" makes Genscher CRISPR the breakthrough of the year

Top Ten in Physics 2015 (14.12.2015)
Quantum teleportation of two features simultaneously is the breakthrough of the year

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Sea levels, CO2 levels and sea temperatures higher than ever

Top Ten in Physics 2014 (12.12.2014)
The comet landing of the Rosetta mission is the breakthrough of the year

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