Table of Contents January/February 2016

Discover's 100 top stories of 2015 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 our first look at Pluto, Kennewick Man's genetic roots, LHC reactivated and the ethics of editing human embryos.
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Pluto's been a blank space in our portrait of the solar system, so obscured that astronomers did not even know its exact size or color. But no longer.
An underground cave reveals a collection of fossils that could bring a new human species into the fold.
Militants wage war on the cultural heritage of an entire region.
In the hottest year yet, nations vow to kick the carbon habit.
The dwarf planet gets its first close-up and reveals its own surprises.
A fossil find rewinds the timeline for the creation of stone tools.
Experts weigh in on the ongoing battle against Ebola’s legacy.
Results from the field’s biggest replication study yet make it clear psychology has room for improvement.
The spacecraft continues to sate our curiosity.
Researchers alter human DNA and spark a heated ethical debate.


The door to designer species swung wide open in March.
The long-necked dinosaur, whose stardom got overshadowed by T. rex, seeks redemption.
Instead of aiming for the head, new research suggests it might be better to stick it to the bug.
Compared to the surface, the sun's atmosphere is blazing hot. So what's heating it?
It's the end of many species as we know it. And we're the responsible ones.
The upgraded particle collider gets supercharged.
Short laser bursts create a finger-friendly 3-D hologram in midair.
Company hopes its lithium-ion battery can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
New imaging technique shows the differences between post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Even though it was a cousin of meat-eaters, this 10-foot lizard favored plants.
DNA sequencing shifts focus from neurons to metabolism.
NASA finds evidence of bursts of liquid water on the Red Planet.
Specimens at ancient Israeli site suggest agriculture began earlier than we thought.
Continent's ice shelves are succumbing to deep, warm ocean currents underneath.
NASA probe uncovers a lively planet before meeting its demise at 8,800 mph.
Lymphatic tubes are discovered in the place you'd least expect: the brain.
A 2.8-million-year-old jaw is the oldest fossil from our genus.
A dead rat's forearm is regrown in a lab and successfully transplanted onto a living rat.
California and other Western states feel the heat, the burn and the dryness.
With more than 9 million acres burned, the U.S. endured one of the worst fire seasons since 1960.
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