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The year of gravitational waves, Zika and more

9:00am, December 14, 2016

There’s no bow or festive wrap, but I hope that you will consider this issue a gift of sorts. That is how the staff of Science News thinks of it, our year-end recap of the top science stories. In these pages, you’ll find the stories that continued to resonate well after we first covered them and many that we expect will resonate for years to come — all collected in one easy-to-read, extremely portable, no-batteries-required package (unless you are reading this on a smartphone or tablet, that is).

Gravitational waves, of course, occupy the top spot on our list this year. The “of course” reflects the

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