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Reader favorites of 2013

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8:05am, December 31, 2013

'CANYON OF FIRE'  A Science Visualized photo of the 3 million kilometer per hour expulsion that scarred the sun was one of SN's most read stories online this year.

For this issue, the editors selected the 25 most important and intriguing science stories of the year. But online readers seemed to point to a different bunch, showing just how subjective such an exercise can be. While it’s difficult to gauge reader opinions based solely on letters, we can and do follow readers’ mouse clicks online. Here are the most popular magazine stories of the year, according to website statistics.

 

Top 10 most-read stories

 

Life found deep below Antarctic ice

Editor Janet Raloff, freshly back from Antarctica, scooped other science magazines with this story of living cells discovered in Lake Whillans, which sits 800 meters below the surface of an ice sheet (

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