Table of Contents January/February 2014

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Discover's top 100 double issue is jam-packed with the best in science from the past year.

From space exploration to medicine, technology, paleontology and the environment, we've got every field covered, and our countdown puts these discoveries in context so you can understand the bigger picture.

Read about the latest in quantum computing, advancements in growing organs from stem cells, the discovery of Earth's biggest volcano and signs of life on Mars — just a few of the top science stories of 2013.

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#67Colorado-River

In 2014, the Lake Powell reservoir will release less water than any year since it was built.

#68breast-cancer-cells

A new approach may prevent breast cancer from metastasizing.

#69glass14

Are Google Glass' conveniences worth wearing a PDA on your face?

#70man-sleeping

Being exposed to one's fears while asleep can help overcome them.

#71moon-shot

To better understand the brain's wiring, European and U.S. governments made big commitments to brain research this year.

#72golden-rice

Consumption of arsenic-tainted rice is linked to health effects for the first time.

#73elaine-mardis

Self-professed tech geek Elaine Mardis aims to transform cancer diagnosis and treatment using genetic sequencing.

#74ununpentium

The new element is one of a growing family of superheavy substances.

#75NasutoceratopsHres

The triceratops' cousin is not only a new species; it's a whole new branch on the dinosaur family tree.

#76snow-measure

Citizen science projects tackle everything from weather data to brain mapping.

#77IbexThisOne

Protons and electrons from the sun create a so-called heliotail, first imaged this year.

#78shutterstock_130699232

A gene transplant silences the extra chromosome that causes the disease.

#79CrystalStructure

A new technique reveals the molecular structure of hard-to-study compounds.

#80chicken-processing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture begins to allow imports of poultry processed in China.

#81carbon-computers

The first carbon nanotube computer, a long-sought alternative to silicon, is unveiled.

#82DSC-H0114_03

The updated DSM-5 continues to stir controversy over how it defines mental illness.

#83solar-plant
The world's largest solar thermal power plant started feeding power to the grid in September.
#84quad-helix

Contrary to biological dogma, it appears human DNA can sometimes form a quadruple helix.

#85immune-attack-up-close

Scientists snap the clearest picture yet of the immune system in action.

#86ikea-house

DIY innovation is paving the way for some simple, life-saving products.

#87storm-over-saturn

A hurricane-like system in the planet's northern hemisphere puts Earth's storms to shame.

#88continents-collide

A newly detected fracture suggests that tectonic forces are pulling the continents together once again.

#89aaron-swartz

Computer programmer and activist Aaron Swartz campaigned for open access.

#90tiniest-galaxy

Meet Segue 2, the galaxy that is millions of times smaller than the Milky Way.

#91climate-change-war

Human conflict appears to intensify during times of heat, drought and torrential rains.

#92third-radiation-belt

The extra Van Allen belt, which lasted only a month, may have been caused by a solar shock wave.

#93higgs-boson-found

Physicists confirm that their 2012 Higgs discovery was the real thing.

#94woman-scratching

Scientists finally find the neurons that produce the sensation of itch.

#95Tim-Samaras-storm-chaser

Veteran storm chaser and researcher Tim Samaras improved warning times ahead of tornadoes.

#96hyperloop-thumb

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled his vision for Hyperloop in the hope that someone else would build it.

#97mouse-embryo

Survival of the fittest appears to govern the earliest days of an embryo's development.

#98pitch-thumb
After nearly seven decades, the tar pitch experiment captures its quarry.
#99Pluto

Contest entrants christened Pluto's newly discovered moons Kerberos and Styx.

#100drosophila-chromosome

Populations can change abruptly in response to temperature shifts.

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