From meditation visibly changing your brainwaves to gold coming from colliding stars, Horizon learned a few things in 2016. Here are our top 10 favourite science facts from this year.
When, as a 16-year-old, Adam Noble began measuring nanosilver pollution in his local river, he could hardly have foreseen that it would make him CEO of a 40-strong company before his 24th birthday.
Changing the way science is done in Europe is the first job in setting up the European open science cloud, a huge shared data repository that will enable data from all publicly-funded research to be freely accessible, according to Dr Juan Bicarregui from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK.
Certain petrol and diesel engines designed to maximise fuel efficiency and cut carbon dioxide emissions may release harder-to-catch pollution associated with lung and heart diseases. In response, European researchers are analysing exhaust particles down to one billionth of a metre, which may help in the development of cleaner cars.
Scientists studying skin and breast cancer in genetically modified mice have spotted hybrid cancer cells that combine the properties of different cell types, a discovery that could help understand how cancer spreads in the body and provide a new target for treatment.
The European Commission has launched plans for the next research funding programme.