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Top 10 stories of 2010

10. BYU students develop innovative prosthetic hand for a young mom

BYU engineering students spent their senior year developing a custom prosthetic hand for a young mom who lost her fingers after being stricken with septicemia, a life-threatening blood infection.

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9. BYU seventh in the nation for grads that get Ph.D.s

BYU undergrad Patrick Turley is dealing with a very good problem: He can accept only one of the grad school offers he’s received from Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, MIT, Chicago and Cal-Berkeley.

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8. BYU student film takes home two ‘student Emmys’

BYU student film Inspector 42 won two "student Emmys" over the weekend, taking home best drama and the "Directing Award" for best overall director.

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7. Abydosaurus: New dinosaur discovered head-first, for a change

A team of paleontologists has discovered a new dinosaur species they’re calling Abydosaurus, which belongs to the group of gigantic, long-necked, long-tailed, four-legged, plant-eating dinosaurs such as Brachiosaurus.

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6. Dance and animation collaboration produces stirring viral video

A two-and-a-half minute animation by BYU visual arts professor Ryan Woodward has gone viral, logging more than 1 million page views between Vimeo and YouTube. The piece was created in collaboration with dance instructor Kori Wakamatsu.

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5. New year? New fitness equipment designed by BYU students

Industrial design students commissioned by the parent company of exercise brands Bally and Everlast proposed new fitness products at the culmination of their semester-long class project.

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4. BYU ranks 11th in eyes of recruiters, says The Wall Street Journal

BYU is ranked No. 11 in the country for schools whose graduates were the top-rated by recruiters, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

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3. Sisters give siblings better mental health, study shows

Something about having a sister – even a little sister – makes 10- to 14-year-olds a bit less likely to feel down in the dumps. Read reactions to the research from The New York Times and others.

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2. BYU Ad Lab turns Doritos into Gold by winning national ADDY

The BYU Ad Lab has combined ferocious critters with Doritos-eating folks to win a Student Gold ADDY Award, one of the top advertising prizes awarded in the country for student work.

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1. Parody of popular TV commercial makes BYU library promo go viral

This hilarious parody of a popular Old Spice commercial serves as a must-see promotional video for BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL). The video has logged more than 2 million views on YouTube and was featured by CNN as one of the best viral videos of 2010.

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