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2012: The Biggest (and Weirdest) Science Stories

The year's ten biggest science stories, and ten of the most weird and womderful science stories.

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The Top Science Stories

1. Physicists found signs of the Higgs boson
CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) announced in July that the long-sought-after Higgs boson is real following a series of experiments conducted in the Large Hadron Collider. The Higgs boson, first postulated by Peter Higgs in the 1960s and often referred to as the 'God particle', explains why mass exists, and is the final particle required to confirm the Standard Model of physics. "Australian researchers have played a significant role in this research," said Dr Martin White, a Research Associate with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale and the University of Melbourne. See AusSMC's simple animation and expert reaction. See CERN's media release.

2. Curiosity landed on the red planet
NASA's $US2.5bn rover Curiosity landed on Mars in August. After a 36-week voyage, the rover has started studying potentially habitable Martian environments. The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC), which CSIRO manages on NASA's...

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