Table of Contents January/February 2017

Discover's 100 top stories of 2016 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 the first gravitational wave detection, next-gen spaceflight, detecting Alzheimer's earlier and more Hobbitses!
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The Top 10

The first gravitational wave detection ushers in a new era of astronomy.
An Earth-size exoplanet orbits within the habitable zone of the red dwarf.
A new enemy emerges.
Researchers extracted DNA from a 430,000-year-old tooth.
Stripping life to the bare essentials.
The high costs of cleaning up our water.
An unusual set of orbits in the solar system hints at a new planet.
The Standard Model may be incomplete, but how to fix it?
CT scans of Lucy's bones found evidence of a great fall.


Lax building codes make Bangladeshi cities particularly vulnerable.
A new algorithm charts a 30-year trajectory for biological risk factors.
A major bleaching event started in 2014, and has since affected 67 percent of coral reefs around the world.
Susan Solomon first identified the hole in the ozone layer in 1986.
The evolutionary history of H. floresiensis gets deeper.
Researchers sequence the genomes from more isolated populations.
Now SpaceX is eyeing Mars.
Quasiparticles, called Majorana fermions, have been observed.
New insights brought to you by the Dawn spacecraft.
Ethics in a post-CRISPR-Cas9 society.
The move paves the way for animal-human hybrid research.
A discovery that shocked mathematicians.
New study finds truth in an ancient myth.
Nuclear chemist Dawn Shaughnessy pushes against the limits of matter.
A small protein could lead to a cure for traumatic brain injuries.
Should government-funded research sit behind a paywall?
New evidence suggests the Philistines were cosmopolitan.
Google DeepMind researchers conquer the '"white whale" of artificial intelligence.
The data came from personal genomics company 23andMe.
Scientists and policymakers navigate ethically dubious waters.
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