Table of Contents January/February 2017

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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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Neanderthals and Homo sapiens were hooking up over 100,000 years ago.
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A protozoan that lacks the genes associated with all mitochondrial functions.
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The Arecibo Observatory picked up 10 new fast radio bursts.
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Analysis questions the validity of many fMRI studies.
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Our finest glimpse of the largest planet in our solar system.
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Turning pollution into stone.
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Climate change claims its first species.
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The Ross Sea Marine Protected Area will be the world's largest marine reserve.
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New research reveals a previously unknown monkey species.
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Astronomers spot a galaxy that's 99.99 percent dark matter.
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Regulating carcinogens is now a priority.
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Scientists decipher the ages of Greenland sharks using radiocarbon dating.
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Insights into the sequential order of spider evolution.
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It's a first step toward treating diseases like muscular dystrophy and neurodegeneration.
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A device restores movement directly to a man's arm.
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The fungus that turned sand into soil in Earth's early days.
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What dinosaurs really sounded like.
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The "shock breakout" captured in visible light for the first time.
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A meteorite with a fingerprint unlike any other.
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An investigation into "freak biology."
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Scientists find a whole ecosystem in fracking water.
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Relics help researchers date a structure to Arthurian times.
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Eyes can detect the absolute minimum amount of light.
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Experts develop technique to locate Earth's helium reserves.
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Does flossing lower the risk of gum disease and tooth decay?
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The scratch that could resolve the itch.
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Living in the age of humans.
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The new tree of life includes previously unknown species throughout the bacterial branches.
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A city in China takes public transportation to a higher level.
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Not everything is at it appears.
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Yuri Milner's plan to reach the stars. 

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