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Science Breakthroughs in 2011: Cancer Vaccines, 3-D Printing, and More

The year 2011 saw smaller batteries for electric cars, cancer vaccines, and neutrinos faster than the speed of light.

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The Daily Beast rounds up the year’s most provocative scientific findings, promising medical advances, and exciting technologies. From a black sludge that could transform batteries to clues about the deepest mysteries of the universe, these advances will surely provoke and propel us into 2012 and beyond. Some may lead to uncharted territory, while others may turn out to be flukes. All illustrate how science bumps up against politics, business, art, and culture to push society forward.

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(clockwise) Corbis ; CERN ; ABC

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