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10 Science Discoveries to Be Thankful for

  • Amazing advances in science

    researcher with microscope
    Intro
    CREDIT: michaeljung | shutterstock microscope
  • The discovery of vaccines

    a person getting a vaccine
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    CREDIT: Dreamstime The discovery of vaccines
  • Learning about what causes illness

    spreading germs by coughing
    9
    CREDIT: Dmitriy Shironosov | shutterstock
  • Watching the brain in action

    colorful image of the human brain
    8
    CREDIT: Dreamstime
  • The magic of microscopes

    researcher with microscope
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    CREDIT: michaeljung | shutterstock microscope
  • Understanding ancient life

    fossils containing trace metals
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    CREDIT: University of Manchester
  • The mighty Hubble

    "pillars of creation" in the Eagle Nebula
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    CREDIT: J. Hester | P. Scowen | ASU | HST | NASA
  • Communication through satellites

    4
    CREDIT: NASA
  • A smashing time: the Large Hadron Collider

    Large Hadron Collider
    3
    CREDIT: CERN
  • Learning what's out there

    2
    CREDIT: SETI Institute
  • Sleeping late without guilt

    couple sleeping in bed
    1
    CREDIT: Dreamstime

As you bow your head in gratitude, secretly hoping every aunt and uncle won't chime in with their laundry list of thanks, here's a nod to the most breathtaking — or plain necessary — advances in science.

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