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2011 Review of the Year

For science – as for politics and economics – 2011 was a year of upheaval whose effects will reverberate for decades. Nations struggling with the financial crisis chipped away at science funding, while the Arab Spring inspired hopes that research might blossom in the Middle East. But all this was overshadowed by Japan's devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

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Nature's 10

Nature tells the human stories behind this year's events in science: from Dario Autiero, whose team claimed to have found faster-than-light neutrinos, to Danica May Camacho, the baby acclaimed for having pushed the world's population to 7 billion.


Ten people who mattered this year.

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EDITORIAL: Ten for 2011

As the year ends, Nature highlights individuals who rose to prominence – or fell from grace.

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The year in science