Science News, 2011

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
2011 Year in Review

Major science news stories, from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the Chilean miners trapped underground

by Catherine McNiff
Large Hadron Collider

Two scientists checking equipment in the central tube of the Large Hadron Collider. Photo by Antonio Saba courtesy of CERN

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Ghost Particles Break Cosmic Speed Limit

Research finds that neutrinos travel faster than the speed of light, turning Einstein's theory of relativity on its head

Curing Disease Is Fun and Games

Gamers design new proteins that have disease-defying capabilities

9.0 Magnitude Earthquake in Japan Causes Wide Destruction and a Nuclear Disaster

Giant waves leave a path of destruction and create a nuclear crisis on par with the 1986 Chernobyl explosion

Mission Accomplished

The final voyage of the space shuttle Atlantis marked the end of NASA's space shuttle program

Danger in Dixie Alley

Tornadoes Ravaged Parts of the Southeast U.S. in April and May 2011

Kepler Telescope Eyes New Planets

The planet-hunting space telescope has found 1,235 planet candidates

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