Scientists got the red carpet treatment Sunday night as luminaries from Hollywood and Silicon Valley handed out Breakthrough Prizes worth a total of $22 million.
The awards honored researchers from the fields of neuroscience, genetics, fundamental physics and mathematics.
“This is our moment to celebrate scientific achievement,” said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, one of the Breakthrough Prizes founders. “Through science, we have an amazing opportunity as a society: We don’t just get to see the world as it is, but as it can be."
Five of the 10 awards went to researchers working in the life sciences,...