Table of Contents January/February 2018

Discover's 100 top stories of 2017 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 the Great American Eclipse, science under Trump, ancient trackways, new planets and "living drugs."
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Cells brought from the International Space Station offer some hope for future space colonists.
2.7 million-year-old sample could tell us more about ice age cycles.
Monolayer magnet could improve computer memory.
Blood derived from stem cells could be used to help treat leukemia, sickle cell and other disorders.
3-D-printed ovaries allow infertile mice to give birth.
Three full genomes of ancient Egyptians are recovered.
Superhot material spins at an incredible rate.
Clinical trial shows some proof that treatment can be effective.
100 million-year-old giant is the likely the largest creature ever to walk the Earth.
Infant skull shows a glimpse of our distant ancestor.
The risk of developing the disorder is shown to be inherited.
Lack of sleep, long considered a psychological condition, has a genetic component.
The cover is blown on these creatures that have a particular set of skills.
Trump's presidency triggers a debate among mental health professionals about the 1973 Goldwater Rule.
Half of Earth's population could face weeks of deadly heat by the year 2100.
Unique rock goes the wrong way around the sun.
Individual primate neurons respond to specific facial qualities.
With some help from Einstein, astronomers calculate the mass of a star named Stein 2051 B.
Medication targets cells that fuel brain inflammation.
Cancer-linked genetic mutations are mapped out for the first time.
It's the oldest mammalian red blood cells ever found.
A better understanding of long-term memory could help explain dementia.
Test ecosystem shows impact expected in the next half-century.
Slug mucus inspires creation of a synthetic glue that could be useful for surgeons.
Proof allows mapping of an interior object without cutting it open.
Our Neighbor, Homo naledi
Age of small-brained hominin is surprisingly younger than expected.
The Pitter-Patter of Cosmic Dust
Photographer spots micrometeorites hiding in urban dust.
Go West, Young Tree
For many types, they're migrating toward moisture, not cooler temps.
A Flu-Fighter’s Fall From Grace
Tamiflu is downgraded on World Health Organization's list of essential medications.
Spotting Autism Sooner
Computer model analyzes infants' brain scans to predict which ones will develop the neurodevelopmental disorder.
Ice Storms on Mars
Weather simulation sheds light on Red Planet's water cycle.
Positive Proton Loses Weight
Particle's vibrations lead to a measurement that is three times more precise.
Our Trashy Legacy
How are billions of tons plastic waste being disposed around the world?
Earth’s Hot Pockets
Computer models help explain how molten areas in the mantle formed.
A Better Way to Control Pain?
Future painkillers could target peripheral nerves instead of the brain and spinal cord.
A Towering Aztec Ritual Uncovered
Archaeologists uncover a tower of more than 600 human skulls.
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