Science News, 2009

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Major science news stories, from the fossil Ardi to new mammogram recommendations

by Holly B. Miller & Beth Rowen


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Overblown discoveries and controversial research findings made headlines in science news in 2009. New recommendations for reduced screening for both breast cancer and cervical cancer outraged some women's health advocates. The discovery of a fossilized skeleton from human evolution and a record-breaking collision from the Large Hadron Collider were remarkable—and deserving—headlines in science news.

Cancer Screening Recommendations Caused Uproar

New research suggested women receive fewer breast and cervical cancer screenings

Fossilized Specimens in Human Evolution Discovered, Refuted

The over-hyped discovery of Ida, and the evolutionary story behind human ancestor Ardi

The Large Hadron Collider Broke Records

The world's largest and most powerful particle collider continued to make news

U.S. & World Gripped by the Threat of H1N1

The world's largest and most powerful particle collider continues to make news

Water Found on the Moon

Scientists discovered what they long suspected: water is on the moon

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