Table of Contents January/February 2014


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


A new approach may prevent breast cancer from metastasizing.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

The world's largest solar thermal power plant started feeding power to the grid in September.

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


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


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


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


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


Computer programmer and activist Aaron Swartz campaigned for open access.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

After nearly seven decades, the tar pitch experiment captures its quarry.

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


Populations can change abruptly in response to temperature shifts.

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