SC 206 – Breakthroughs in Science (2014) : Class presentations available.

BREAKTHROUGHS PICEach year December’s Science magazine, the leading journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), goes out on a limb and describes what the editors believe are the major scientific breakthroughs of the past year. In this class we will describe those that the editors selected, the potential significance that qualifies them as breakthroughs, and what their status is almost a year later. In 2014, the editors also offered a list of breakdowns of the year, and their friendly competitor, the journal Nature, provided a list of people of the year.

This is the list of breakthroughs for 2014:

  • Landing on a comet
  • The birth of birds
  • Young blood fixes old
  • Robots that cooperate
  • Chips that mimic the brain
  • Europe’s cave art has a rival
  • Cells that might cure diabetes
  • Manipulating memories
  • Rise of the CubeSat
  • Giving life a bigger genetic alphabet

Friday, October 16: Breakthroughs of the year

Class Presentation: Breakthroughs 2014

Friday, October 23:  Breakdowns of the year and notable people of the year

Class Presentation: Breakthroughs 2014-Part 2

Presenter/Developer: John Bush, Ph.D.,

Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley. John is an OLLI Science Committee member and has taught many popular OLLI classes.

Dates/Time: Fridays October 16 and 23

1:30 – 3:30 PM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

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