The Year In Science And Technology

We learned amazing things about the outer reaches of space and the inner workings of the human body

It was a great year for cracking codes, man's and nature's alike. The scientific high point of the year--if not of all intellectual history--was the decoding of human DNA, announced with much fanfare at the White House in late June by two scientists, J. Craig Venter and Francis Collins, whose agreement to share the credit and a podium was all the more remarkable because they can hardly stand to breathe the same air. Passions were no less intense on the Internet, where the music industry fought a rear-guard action against the forces--and free music--unleashed by an 18-year-old named Shawn Fanning and...

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