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The world's first 'quantum machine' - a device that moves according to laws that govern the subatomic world - has been named as the biggest scientific breakthrough of the year.

The machine topped the list of the most significant developments in science in 2010 along with the sequencing of Neanderthal DNA, advances in HIV prevention and the synthetic genome.

Science magazine, one of the world's leading research journals, also came up with a list of the top 10 scientific achievements of the decade which includes the discovery of 'clear evidence' of past water on Mars and huge advances in the search for other planets.

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