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