Six Topics in Science that Scored Big in 2014

Science philanthropy had a bit of a moment in 2014, with some major news stories, plus a growing sense that wealthy donors are gaining influence in an area historically fueled by public funds.

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Meet the Winners (and Future Judges) of the New $3M Math Prize

Five mathematicians—including one former child prodigy, and one multi-talented researcher who has now won three seven-figure science awards—are winners of the very first Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics. The mathematicians landed $3 million each, and will serve on the selection committee to decide future winners. 

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At Star-Studded Science Awards, a New Breakthrough is Announced

Tuxedo-clad celebrities joined tech superstars like Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin in Silicon Vally Thursday to announce the latest round of Breakthrough Prizes for science research. And while the stars of the show this round were life science and physics researchers, the crew of wealthy donors behind the awards made news by announcing a new high-dollar prize in yet another field.

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