2019 Breakthrough of the Year

2019 Breakthrough of the Year

Learn about our Breakthrough of the Year: the first image of the a black hole. Nine other advances are recognized as runners-up.

Read more: https://vis.sciencemag.org/breakthrough2019/

Editor’s Note: The original posting of this video identified the geographical location of the Chicxulub crater impact incorrectly. The error has since been revised.


Meagan Cantwell

supervising producers
Joel Goldberg
Beth Rakouskas

David Malakoff

Science News Staff


black hole intro
ESO/M. Kornmesser

K-Pg impact and aftermath
Core recovery photo: The University of Texas at Austin/
Jackson School of Geosciences
Alioramus attacking Olorotitan dinosaur illustration:
Jaime Chirinos/Science Source
Sturgeon video: Pond5
Fossil photos: Rick Wicker and Tyler Lyson

quantum leap
Video: Google
Sierra supercomputer: Department of Energy/Flickr
Photo of Google AI Quantum’s Sycamore processor:
Erik Lucero/Google

AI masters multiplayer poker
Animation: DeepMind Technologies Limited
Pluribus animation: Facebook
Poker tournament footage: Carnegie Mellon University

Denisovans come into focus
Neanderthal illustration: John Sibbick/Science Source
Denisovan illustration: Jose Antonio Penas/Science Source
Map: Natural Earth
Bone fragments: University of Oxford
Denisovan Cave view from above: MPI/EVA
Xiahe jawbone: Dongju Zhang/Lanzhou University
Jiangla Valley: Dongju Zhang/Lanzhou University
Excavation in Baishiya cave: Dongju Zhang/Lanzhou University
Denisovan girl illustration: Maayan Harel

Ebola drugs come into focus
Video footage: World Health Organization
Vaccine photo: Junior Kannah/World Health Organization

close-up of Arrokoth
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/
Southwest Research Institute

microbiome-based malnutrition treatment
Photo of child: International Centre for
Diarrhoeal Disease Research
Gut microbe illustration: Sciepro/Science Source
Nutritional supplements photo: Jeffrey Gordon

cystic fibrosis drug combo approved
Cystic Fibrosis transmembrane conductance
modulator illustration: Fangyu Liu
Cystic fibrosis spirometer photo: Burger/Phanie/Science Source
F58del mutation animation: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Research paper: L.-C. Tsui et al., Science 1985
DOI: 10.1126/science.2997931

microbial ancestor of us all
Paramecium footage: Ted Kinsman/Science Source
Stock video: Videoblocks
Asgard archaea images: H. Imachi and M. Nobu et al./JAMSTEC

first image of a black hole
JCMT: William Montgomerie
IRAM 30 m telescope: IRAM/Diverticimes
Black hole image: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration et al.
Zooming into Messier 87: ESO/L. Calçada, Digitized Sky Survey 2,
ESA/Hubble, RadioAstron, De Gasperin et al., Kim et al.,
EHT Collaboration
Simulation of M87: Lia Medeiros/Chi-Kwan Chan/Dimitrios Psaltis/Feryal Osel/University of Arizona/Institute for Advanced Study

“SpaceBabiez” “Helios” “Printing Data” “SpydaBite”
“Daikon Daddy” “Squeaky Pete”
Chris Burns

“Crow” “Little Dipper”
Podington Bear

“China” “Morphology”
Nguyên Khôi Nguyên


29 Responses to "2019 Breakthrough of the Year"

  1. MadakiNomaroishi   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Muslims contributed nothing again 👎

  2. strangetranceoffaith   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Very nice got to see the Denisovan stuff

  3. Smith kingdom   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    recruited to the "beyond" (for the smart ones)

    He had "intact" points b2

    Simply incorrect and defective, there were no occurrences where something really existed or exists c2

    He's just isolating himself now, 11/11/2021

    Always remember such acts: there are high-tech computers that transcend or delimit something illusory,

    We can say that it is "well", let's say that there will be future events that will give you a new mystery, brilliant minds, just words for people who think they have a greater intellect than others,
    it doesn't make sense to start or end other people's words, words that cannot be "shown" in front of someone more intelligent …

    B1 whenever mysterious things happen, many like to investigate other people ignore
    Researchers (80%) go to a certain point, give up

    But others try again and fall in the same place, is that "smart"? !?

    Since the answer has always been in his arms, who is he ?????
    Many ask, so I answer
    He is "someone" who investigates everything everyone, the one who will always win in the end, even if you don't believe him, he is the best.

    Smart from all over the world, this is a message for you,

    When you "notice" and see yourself in the mirror, do you look around what you see?
    It can be a reflection of yourself in an "illusory" and "promulgated" ad, with several factors

    Know that sometimes what "cannot be solved" has a solution (/ practice) /
    And very simplistic,
    Something can "shake" the world and that something can take you somewhere else, inside. That the answer is not the same v2O, whatever, try!

  4. Karniv Golder   25 February، 2020 at 08:26


  5. Michael Hursh   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    I really don't like to see !st place 2nd place awards. I would rather see a these items as highlighted in man search for perfecting his existence. The people that discovered the 2nd place item really discovered one of the best things known to man. Give them full credit for their work

  6. evil beetle customs& creations   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    I am looking all over YouTube for a place just to make this one comment… traveling into the future would require us going close to the speed of light if I'm correct but we would be crushed.. so what would happen if we were inside a sealed cylinder of water hooked to a breather apparatus?,? water doesn't compress ,so if there is no air inside of a water-filled chamber with a pilot hooked to a Breather System and a drysuit ,could we go the tremendous speeds without being affected because we're surrounded by water?

  7. V   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Everything science states is completely false. And now we know.

  8. Olenga Gallardo   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    According to Stephen Hawking biology isnt science because its not fundimental enough

  9. Bernardo Ribeiro   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Stupid meme video 4532568 views
    Great science video 27000 views

  10. jojolafrite90   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    "Quantum supremacy" was just an over-hyped commercial lie from google. Ask IBM.

  11. colly beans   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Asgard Ikea

  12. Kumaroadking1   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    All funded by USA

  13. Mapple Xheuw   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    I want to complete a breakthrough .

  14. songstra   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    I would have thought that discovering that THC actually kills cancer cells would have been bigger news.

  15. Problembeing   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Ugh… some real science being overlooked that saves lives in order to promote this utterly unfalsifiable black hole CGI nonsense.

  16. Mark   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    As a science magazine one would hope you could at least get the pronunciation of kilometre correct.

  17. Crazy Funny Cats   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Blackhole was actually not a blackhole
    Watch Suspicious Observers channel for more info

  18. The Duke 71000 71000   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Unbelievable – Has the Science community gone insane? The one "Breakthrough" that's already been revealed as a cheap FAKE gets the award ! While the biggest Science discovery in 200 years doesn't even get a mention, even though its already going to give us the "Holy Grail" in cheap energy, and a method to "switch-off" radiation. (Preliminary details of the SAFIRE project, revealed at Bath University in July 2019, and latest info on SAFIRE in November 2019 updates available on YOUTUBE). Certainly the U.S. Government isn't interested in FAKE photos of Physically impossible THEORIES of Black Holes, but it is very interested in SAFIRE and cheap energy !!!!!!!!!

  19. SuperHirohumi   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    サイエンス誌は「私たち全ての究極の祖先に光を当てた」と高く評価した。 https://twitter.com/JAMSTEC_PR/status/1207876131325530114 … …

  20. Carbonbased XY   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Oh, please, be real. Dr. Robitaille explains something about the "picture".


  21. Zuko Fire   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    2019, a great year for science and thanks to all the researchers around the world who work for humanity beyond borders

  22. w GG   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    in 1:31,there is a map ,but South of china is wrong,there is an area called South Tibet ,is blone to china

  23. Pewd Tab   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    So basically nothing

  24. Clogmonger   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Science is a method in case anyone forgot.

  25. Cade Wiley   25 February، 2020 at 08:26


  26. Козьма Байтков   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Это смело, восстанавливать облик денисовской девочки по ДНК из фаланги мизинца.

  27. Josh Johnson   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Where is CRISPR? Genetic editing? Thats a big leap! Or Cryo EM tomography to get even clear images of phages. Microscopy has come a long way!

  28. Ian Witte   25 February، 2020 at 08:26

    Fortunately they didn't do it again


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