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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#68HIV
Instead of getting the body to attack the virus, treatment strikes the source itself.
#69microchip
20 billion switches on a fingernail-size wafer.
#70black-hole
Shocking size for its age is unlike others from the same time period.
#71europa-probe
Probe could be launched within 10 years, arriving at the Jupiter moon as early as 2026.
#72gmo-in-check
To prevent GMOs from harming the environment, researchers have reprogrammed E. coli so it can't exist without a synthetic amino acid.
#73dino-bone
Discovery could change how we study dino physiology and how we analyze fossils.
#74ancient-map
Imaging technique lets historians read cartographer's descriptions from 1491.
#75octopus
Two gene families point to the origin of the mollusk's smarts.
#76pain-puzzle
A way to treat neuropathic pain would block the stress signal causing it, instead of diminishing the nerve response.
#77nasa-tech
Prototype device detects movements as tiny as a heartbeat to within a few feet.
#78stretchy-electronics
Carbon nanotubes allow wires to be stretched and released thousands of times without disrupting the current.
#79tooth
Roughly 14,000 years ago, someone used a stone tool to remove a cavity. It partly worked.
#80bat
Forest Service hopes to thwart fungal disease that can kill entire colonies.
#81groovy-fossil
Its upper jaw hints at being a venomous creature, but don't call it a reptile.
#82bee
Simple protein allows honeybees to inherit "pathogen patterns" akin to antibodies.
#83pillars-of-creation
"Pillars of Creation" get a visual face-lift.
#84deforestation
Contrary to earlier reports, Earth's rainforests are more at risk than ever before.
#85buckyball
Buckyballs are shown to absorb certain frequencies of starlight.
#86gravity-reach
Even in extreme conditions, Einstein's theory still holds true.
#873Dprinter
Instead of taking a layered approach, system lifts objects from a pool of resin that hardens in the presence of UV light.
#88han
Han is sentenced to 57 months in prison and must repay $7.2 million for tampering with blood samples.
#89cecil
The lion's death sparked outrage across the globe, but it has also provided key data and donations.
#90yeast
Synthetic biologists use a single strain of genetically modified yeast to make opioids.
#91light-camera
Device's photodiodes capture images and also charge the power supply.
#92stem-cells
Altering the growth medium boosts survival rate from 1 percent to as much as 40 percent.
#93thedress
#TheDress becomes a case study for color illusion.
#94earthlike-exoplanet
New world's orbit allows for liquid water, and possibly life. 
#95raptor
Trouncing through deep mud, a deinonychosaur leaves behind a fossil of its third claw.
#96monolith
Underwater monolith, with its evenly spaced holes, is part of a mystery surrounding the 9,000-year-old site.
#97quran
Text shows that Islam's most sacred book has changed little over the centuries.
#98neurons-DNA
They turn certain genes on and off when forming memories.
#994-legged-snake
Legs of 272-vertebrate animal may have been used for mating or seizing prey.
#100universe
The universe is fading into a cold, empty darkness. It's going to take awhile, though.
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