Table of Contents January/February 2016

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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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#32dark-matter
Through gravitational lensing, astronomers suggest the mysterious material uses frictional force.
#33silicene
A superstrong electron highway, just one atom thick, could pave the way for flexible electronics.
#34CIA
Lopsided vote is a reaction to the APA's role in "enhanced interrogation" programs during the Bush administration.
#35epigenome
Understanding the bookmarks of our genome may lead to better targeted treatments for disease.
#36pennies
Penny experiment leads to a new mathematical way to arrange matter.
#37complexity
Microorganism bridges the simple and complex life.
#38regaliceratops
Their distinctive displays weren't for fighting, though.
#39sex-drug
Test results of a treatment for low libido are less than satisfying, but some could benefit.
#40SETI
The $100 million Breakthrough Listen project is the widest SETI search yet.
#41antarctic-fish
Expecting to find only microbes, researchers uncover a remarkable ecosystem.
#42oil-spill
Durable coating over a stainless steel mesh could be scaled up for huge messes.
#43time-bomb
Sudden escape of carbon dioxide in the Arctic poses a minimal threat.
#44enceladus
Enceladus data point to a liquid ocean under the icy crust and hydrothermal vents at the south pole.
#45glass-frog
Among them: a see-through frog, a moth who lives one day as an adult, and one lonely beetle.
#46bacteria
Soil microbe produces a potent weapon in the fight against drug-resistant infections.
#47collision
A young Earth might have had a twin that eventually became our satellite.
#48neurons
Two techniques stimulate neurons without the hassle of implants.
#49LHCb
LHC experiment reveals exotic, short-lived particles with five quarks.
#50math
String theory helps make monstrous mathematical connections.
#51chronic-fatigue
New research and diagnosis criteria lend credence to a disease that often goes dismissed.
#52worms-wander
A pair of neurons function as the organism's internal compass.
#53little-foot
More precise dating of the hominin fossil shakes up the family tree.
#54mouse
3-D model represents only a tiny fraction of the organ, but it shows every branch of every neuron.
#55pentagon
Applications of new tiling pattern go beyond the bathroom floor.
#56yellowstone
Beneath the shallow magma chamber at Yellowstone lies a vast magma reservoir that's four times larger.
#57mind-reading
Improved neural prosthetic focuses on the goal of the movement instead of the individual steps.
#58opah
The opah doesn't show the telltale signs of endotherms, but its adaptation gives the fish an edge over predators.
#59milky-way
A galactic "groove" prompts astronomers to recalculate the width of the Milky Way.
#60solar-impulse
Solar Impulse 2 flies for almost 118 hours on a risky trans-Pacific route.
#61sauropod
Sauropod's anatomy reflects the transition from two legs to four.
#62iron-rain
Experiment re-creates how iron-rich microworlds slammed into a young Earth.
#63artificial-tissue
B cell-producing synthetic tissue is more efficient, could replace animal research.
#64alien-aurora
Phenomenon spotted on brown dwarf bolsters search for habitable planets.
#65lucy-neighbor
Newly discovered fossil in Ethiopia joins other hominin contemporaries.
#66brain-gene
Researchers find a gene — active only in humans — that drives neural development.
#67oxytocin
Test of the hormone's effect turned uninterested, virgin mice into nurturing animals.
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