The 15 Most Amazing Discoveries Of 2015

It's been a year of incredible advances in science and technology. Take a look at some of the best scientific discoveries of 2015.

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    Doctors and scientists discovered making three person babies is possible and the technology has been approved in the UK

    By using the combined DNA of three individuals, scientists believe this discovery can prevent future babies being born with incurable genetic diseases.

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    NASA discovered the once thought to be barren wasteland of Mars has water

    NASA confirmed that there is water on Mars, mostly in the form of ice and small amounts of vapour, but some liquid water was found in shallow Martian soil.

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    Archaeologists may have stumbled across Tutankhamun's wife

    Scans reveal there is a 90% chance a hidden room exists next to the tomb of Tutankhamun, believed to contain Queen Nefertiti.

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    Scientists discovered a new species, the Eyeless Smeagol Arachnid, which was living underground in Brazil

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    Astronomers discovered a supermassive black hole that's 12 billion times bigger than our sun

    Researchers have accurately measured a byproduct of supermassive black holes, proving that a black hole at the centre of the quasar named PDS 456 emits more energy every second than a trillion suns.

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    Scientists discovered a new antibiotic for the first time in decades which could hold the answer to resistant superbugs

    Teixobactin, which was discovered in a sample of soil, has been proven to kill serious infections in mice without encountering resistance, potentially offering a way to get ahead of evolving superbugs.

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    It was discovered that pigeons are able to detect breast cancer

    When shown images of malignant cells and trained to push the appropriate button for a reward of food, pigeons were found to recognise cancer as reliably as humans.

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    Synthetic Biology startup Cambrian Genomics raised over $10 million to develop technology to allow customers to build custom made living organisms

    The technology involves using lasers to alter DNA to create living organisms that never previously existed, a technology they predict in future can be applied to human babies.

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    Astronomers discovered there could be two more planets orbiting the sun in our solar system

    In a recent study researchers proposed that "at least two" planets lie beyond Pluto, orbiting the earth's sun. The statement was based on the unusual behaviour of distant space rocks.

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    Kjell Lindgren discovered the bagpipes work in space as he paid tribute to his late colleague Victor Hurst

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    Scientists created reacting human skeletal muscle in a lab for the first time

    Scientists from Duke University have been able to create human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds to stimuli just like native tissue.

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    A lab-made molecule was discovered which prevented monkeys from contracting HIV

    A research team in Florida has discovered a lab-made molecule that mimics an antibody from the human immune system which may provide more protection than anything our bodies can produce, successfully keeping four monkeys free of HIV despite exposure to large doses of the virus.

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    Scientists discovered that Champagne can prevent some illnesses including dementia

    A study found that drinking 3 glasses of Champagne a week could reduce your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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    Scientists created an artificial leaf which can turn solar energy into alcohol-based fuel

    The artificial leaf contains a genetically modified bacteria which, like a real leaf, is able to harness the energy of the sun and then converts it into alcohol-based fuel, potentially providing the foundations for a future renewable energy source.

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    Scientists discovered pluripotent humans stem cells could be used to create human hair in-vitro

    The hairs, grown from pluripotent stem cells, could provide a solution for those who suffer from hair loss without relying on the existence of healthy hair follicles for transplantation.

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