Zika, LIGO And Climate Change: A Look At 2016's Most Notable Science Stories

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A screen displays a diagram showing the ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves that scientists have observed for the first time by the LIGO detector, confirming a prediction of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2016. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The science community had its share of ups and downs this year.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Mariette DiChristina (@mdichristina), editor-in-chief and senior vice president of Scientific American, about the top science stories of 2016.

Mariette DiChristina’s Top 5 Science Stories Of 2016 (And How Here & Now Covered Them)
  1. Gravitational waves detected by Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)
  2. Zika declared a public emergency
  3. CRISPR gene-editing used to treat a person for the first time
  4. Artificial intelligence program AlphaGo beats human at the ancient Chinese board game “Go”
  5. Efforts to fight climate change face setbacks (including concerns over President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA, and what the new administration might mean for the Paris Agreement)
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