The biggest science news of 2020

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[Yelling into a cavernous chamber as supernovae explode in the dark and a gust of hot wind comes whistling through] SCIENCE !!!!

Now, friends, this is how you introduce a year-end list for science. Like everything in 2020, science had one hell of a year. There were exciting highs, such as the record speed of creating coronavirus vaccines and our best look at the surface of the sun ever, but there were also lows like the toll of the virus, the worsening climate crisis and the tragic collapse of the iconic Arecibo. sterrewaggereg.

We have summarized the most important science stories of the year. It shows the best researchers we are offered, the losses we have experienced and the warning stories if science is not obeyed.