Table of Contents January/February 2015


Discover's 100 top stories of 2014 is jam-packed with the best in science from the past year. From space exploration to medicine, technology, paleontology and environment, we've got every field covered.

Highlights include a spacecraft's rendezvous with a comet, the origins of the first Americans, how to defeat hackers and an inside look at the Ebola outbreak. Don't miss any of the year's big stories — pick up an issue now.

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Chariklo is the smallest known object to sport them.
Algorithm extracts audio from video footage.
Closing a loophole halts excessive killing — for now.
Gene therapy could eliminate need for electronic pacemakers.
Neonicotinoids may leave young barn swallows without enough food.
The only tyrannosaur ever found outside temperate latitudes is barely two-thirds the size of a T. rex.
A crab-walker made of paper and polystyrene could be used in places where humans cannot easily go.
MIT team cuts out a faulty liver gene and replaces it with a healthy copy.
Evidence of plate tectonics is detected on Jupiter's moon.
Bionic hand gives its user real-time sensory feedback.
Burial complex may have belonged to Alexander the Great's wife or son.
Maryam Mirzakhani is the first female recipient of the Fields Medal.
Strain of E. coli carries an extra pair of DNA nucleotides.
NASA's Cassini probe detects a huge lake under Enceladus' ice.
Team connects suicidal tendencies to activity of a stress-mitigating gene.
Study that followed women for 25 years shows that screening does not translate into lives saved.
The stones are just one small part of a massive network of Neolithic sites.
The Cannae Drive could revolutionize space travel and our understanding of physics itself — if it really works.
A tiny block reflects rays like a mirror except at one angle.
This year self-driving vehicles became significantly closer to reality.
The HMS Erebus has been found in Canada's Northwest Passage.
Researchers may have found the cause of infantile amnesia.
Pithovirus sibericum is still viable after its long freeze.
Health researchers' numbers paint a stark picture.
Google contacts could soon help diabetics.
The Great Red Spot's size is decreasing faster than previously thought.
The ReWalk helps paraplegics sit, stand and walk.
A low-powered laser can stimulate the growth of dentin.
Earth is the reason the moon has two distinct sides.
In June, Elon Musk released all the company's electric-car patents.
Large oases existed on the planet more recently than scientists thought.
Scientists identify the protein crucial for egg fertilization.
Quinones could be the key to flow batteries.
New algorithm helps these experimental computers start within minutes.
Severe deficiencies increase the odds of developing dementia.
The social network finds that toying with emotions can be dangerous.
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