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Tonight we hosted the Breakthrough Prize to honor the top scientific achievements in physics, mathematics, and life sciences. Lupita Nyong’oand I presented the Life Sciences award to Xiaowei Zhuang for developing a new imaging technique and discovering hidden structures that make up our cells. Until now, these complex molecular structures were beyond the resolution limits of traditional microscopy.
Research by two other of tonight’s honorees has led to a new understanding of how materials can conduct electricity, which could lead to huge energy efficiency savings and potentially be used in quantum computing — helping to speed up the pace of tools used for critical applications like medical research, climate forecasting, and artificial intelligence. It’s achievements like these that will move society forward for everyone. Congratulations again to all the awardees!- Mark Zuckerberg