Mountain View has always been quiet

NASA Ames Research Center, Welcomed a group of special guests last Sunday night.

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Facebook head Zuckerberg and his wife, Google founder Sergey Brin and his wife, Deng Wendi, Li Kaifu, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, Paypal head Daniel Schulman. . .

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Hollywood stars Orlando Bloom, Julian Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Lily Collins, singer Lana Del Rey, supermodel Karolina Kurkova, singer Deng Ziqi. . .

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Bright stars light up the red carpet, butThey are not the real protagonists that night.

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On the evening of November 2018, 11, it was founded by Google co-founders Sergey Brin, Zuckerbergs, Jack Ma, Ma Huateng, Russian investor and physicist Yuri Milner, entrepreneur and biologist Anne WojcickiThe Breakthrough Prize, An award ceremony was held at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

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The party was hosted by Pierce Brosnan. Leon Ritchie and Deng Ziqi performed on stage. The award-giving guests included Zuckerbergs, Orlando Bloom, Ron Howard, Julian Moore and so on.

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Nine top biologists, pathologists, astrophysicists and mathematicians took the stage to receive their "breakthrough awards". Dr. Xiaowei Zhuang of Harvard University and Dr. Zhijian Chen of Texas Southwest Medical Center discovered the first pulsar Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell. . .This night, scientists are the brightest star.

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Breakthrough Breakthrough Award

Unlike ordinary science awards such as Nobel,Established in 2012The breakthrough award itself is a breakthrough. itThe trophy was cast into a torus, reminiscent of black holes, galaxies, shells, and DNA coils.

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This oneThe world's highest single prize in science category, A bet originated from the wealthiest people in the world: If the world’s top scientists are brought together and let them walk the red carpet like Hollywood stars, will they be able to better show the charm of science and encourage more Do many young people devote themselves to basic research?

"Of the 300 most influential celebrities in the world, none of them are professional scientists. This is something we desperately want to change."

All award-winning scientists in 2015

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The Breakthrough Prize has established three awards: Life Science Breakthrough Prize, Basic Physics Breakthrough Prize and Mathematics Breakthrough Prize. Each award winner is voted by the previous award-winning scientist. The process is a bit like what an authoritative scientific journal does before publishing an article.Peer Review.

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And every award-winning scientist will get$2 million in prize money twice the Nobel PrizeAnd was invited to participate in the TV broadcastAward ceremony and red carpet ceremony.

Winners in the Life Sciences category in 2015

Jennifer Doudna and

Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier

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"More and more mainstream media are beginning to report on the annual breakthrough award, the scientific award ceremony, with the attitude of reporting Oscars. This proves that there is nothing wrong with high-profile."

As a result, we saw on the red carpet Zhuang Xiaowei, the youngest Chinese academician of the American Academy of Sciences, who did not apply powder and was a little shy, but talked about his research field:

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A little nervous, a little shy, but very kindly smiling, Chen Zhijian, an outstanding scientist of the Fujian American Academy of Sciences Molecular Biology:

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Samay Godika, a 16-year-old Indian high school student who won the Breakthrough Junior Challenge in 2019 and a prize of 10 because of a small circadian science video:

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And Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the talented female astrophysicist who discovered the pulsar at the age of 22 but missed the Nobel Prize, won the Breakthrough Special Award similar to the Oscar lifetime achievement award this evening:

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9 scientists, 9 trophies, 9A prize of $300 million to start a new research project.

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If the annual Oscar awards ceremony is a gathering of big names in the film industry, then the The Breakthrough Prize awards ceremony on Sunday night isA mashup of scientists, Silicon Valley investors, Hollywood stars and even sports stars, A stage to demonstrate the strong financial resources of Silicon Valley.

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You can say that the Silicon Valley flavor of this party is too strong, but you have to admit that it really did the original intention of "celebrating science". The award ceremony of the Breakthrough Award showed the world the true heroes of our time and alsoInspires young people who dream of becoming scientistsThe path they chose may be lonely, but it must also be glorious.

Group photo of the 2019 award-winning scientists, from left to right: Adrian Krainer, Angelika Amon, Xiaowei Zhuang, Zhijian Chen, Vincent Lafforgue, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, C. Frank Bennett, Charles Kane, Eugene, Mele, and Samay Godika.

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Full list of winners

Breakthrough Prize In Life Sciences

C. Frank Bennett & Adrian R. Krainer

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Successfully developed a treatment for childhood neurodegenerative spinal muscular atrophy

Antisense oligonucleotide therapy

Angelika Amon

MIT & Howard Hughes Medical Institute

After successfully determining the chromosome separation

Consequences of abnormal number of chromosomes

Zhuang Xiaowei

Harvard University & Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Through imaging technology that exceeds the basic spatial resolution limit of optical microscopes,

Found hidden structures in cells

Chen Zhijian

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

& Howard Hughes Medical Institute

By discovering the DNA sensing enzyme cGAS,

Clarified how DNA triggers immune and autoimmune responses inside cells

Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics

Charles Kane & Eugene Mele

University of Pennsylvania

Put forward new ideas about topology and symmetry in physics,

Successfully predicted a new type of physical material that only conducts electricity on the surface

Breakthrough Prize In Mathematics

Vincent Lafforgue

CNRS (French National Institute of Science)

& Institut Fourier, Université Grenoble Alpes

Made breakthrough contributions to several fields of mathematics, including the Langlands program

Special Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

University of Dundee & University of Oxford

Made a breakthrough contribution to the discovery of pulsars,

Great scientific leader

New Horizons In Physics Prize

Brian Metzger

Columbia University

Rana Adhikari

California Institute of Technology

Lisa Barsotti

MIT

Matthew Evans

MIT

Daniel Harlow

MIT

Daniel L. Jafferis

Harvard University

Aron Wall

Stanford University

New Horizons In Mathematics Prize

Xu Chenyang

MIT & Beijing International Center for Mathematics

Karim Adiprasito

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

June Huh

Princeton Institute for Advanced Study

Kaisa Matomki

University of Turku, Finland

Maksym Radziwill

California Institute of Technology