Top Ten 2019 science stories


This 10 April 2019 video says about itself:

First Image of a Black Hole!

The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration observed the supermassive black hole at the center of M87, finding the dark central shadow in accordance with General Relativity, further demonstrating the power of this 100-year-old theory.

This is #1 in the United States Science News magazine’s list of Top Ten 2019 science stories. They write about it:

2019 brought us the first image of a black hole. A movie may be next

The Event Horizon Telescope team is gearing up for more black hole discoveries.

Now, the other nine items on the Science News list.

This 20 September 2019 video is called The Rise of the Measles Outbreak in the United States.

Measles got a foothold in the United States this year and almost didn’t let go

Areas of low vaccination are blamed for the United States’ largest number of measles cases in more than 25 years.

This 5 November 2019 video is called Greta Thunberg and “Fridays for Future” – a growing student movement | Deutsche Welle Documentary.

Record-breaking heat amplified waves of student climate protests in 2019

While the world experienced record-breaking heat, Greta Thunberg and other activists pushed decision-makers to take climate change seriously.

This 11 September 2019 video is called Why Vaping Is Bad For You.

Vaping’s dangers loom large amid more than 50 U.S. deaths this year

Lung injuries and deaths linked to vaping in 2019 are a sobering indication of the dangers of e-cigarettes as teen use continues to rise.

This 5 August 2019 video is called Denisovans: Our Mysterious Cousins That Made Us Better.

Mysterious Denisovans emerged from the shadows in 2019

Denisovan fossil and DNA finds this year highlighted the enigmatic hominid’s complexity and our own hybrid roots.

This 24 January 2019 video is called How CRISPR lets you edit DNA – Andrea M. Henle.

The first U.S. trials in people put CRISPR to the test in 2019

Trials of the gene editor in people began in the United States this year, a first step toward fulfilling the technology’s medical promise.

This 10 October 2019 video is called Did Google Just Achieve ‘Quantum Supremacy’?

Google claimed quantum supremacy in 2019 — and sparked controversy

Google’s quantum computer outperformed the most powerful supercomputer on a task, the company reported. But some scientists aren’t fully convinced.

This 19 September 2019 American Bird Conservancy video is called 3 Billion Birds Lost.

A year of big numbers startled the world into talking about nature

Fires in the Amazon and the loss of billions of birds renewed worries about wildlife.

This 11 January 2019 video is called China’s Historic Moon Landing Captured by Probe’s Camera.

China stuck its moon landing this year. Others weren’t as lucky

Fifty years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Earth’s sidekick is getting renewed attention from space agencies around the world.

This 15 April 2019 video is called What Ketamine Actually Does To Your Brain.

In 2019, a ketamine-based antidepressant raised hopes and concerns

Ketamine and related molecules might ease severe depression, but the drugs come with baggage.

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