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Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill reflects on some of the top scientific stories of 2017.
Year in Review
A gravitational wave discovery is the year's biggest science story — again.
A rare and long-awaited astronomical event united thousands of astronomers in a frenzy of observations.
Human evolution may have involved the gradual assembly of scattered skeletal traits, fossils of Homo naledi and other species show.
Quantum communication through space is now possible, putting the quantum internet within closer reach.
The hubbub over the iceberg that broke off Larsen C may have died down, but scientists are just getting warmed up to study the aftermath.
Scientists edited viable human embryos with CRISPR/Cas9 this year.
The discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single cool star fuels a debate over what counts as good news in the search for life outside the solar system.
The number of Zika cases in the Western Hemisphere have dropped this year, but the need for basic scientific and public health research of the virus remains strong.
Examinations of NFL players’ postmortem brains turned up chronic traumatic encephalopathy in 99 percent of samples in large dataset.
Studies show that rice, wheat and other staples could lose proteins and minerals, putting more people at risk of hunger worldwide.
The first gene therapies approved in the United States are treating patients with certain types of leukemia and lymphoma.
Some findings reported in 2017 are potentially big news, if they hold up to additional scientific scrutiny.
Viruses infecting bats could recombine to re-create SARS.
Mysterious nitrite-oxidizing bacteria capture more carbon than previously thought and may be the primary engine at the base of the deep ocean’s food web.
Pulsars might not be behind excess antimatter, gamma-ray observations suggest.
Tests answer some questions about the emerald ash borer’s hidden taste for olive and fringe trees.
Adult women have higher rates of asthma than men, and testosterone’s effect on the immune system may partly explain that difference.
Skeletons suggest a group of celibate men inhabited Dead Sea Scrolls site.
In quantum systems, heat can flow “backward,” from cold to hot.
Though many blue whales tend to be “right-handed” when hunting for krill, one specific barrel roll move requires a lefty twist.
Eating small amounts of a neonicotinoid pesticide can disorient white-crowned sparrows.
A new metamaterial has a seemingly impossible property: It swells when squeezed.
A treasure trove of pterosaur eggs and embryos gives tantalizing clues to the winged reptile’s early development.
Scientists size up neutron stars using gravitational waves and light.
A secret stash at an ancient site in Israel called Megiddo illuminates the Iron Age practice of hoarding wealth.
Patricia Brennan and colleagues found certain female ocean mammals have vaginal folds that give them an advantage in mating
Synthetic DNA has come a long way since it arrived on the scene half a century ago.
Glowing clouds of gas known as Hanny’s Voorwerp offer a way to study galaxies and black holes in the distant past.
Flour, though low in moisture, can sicken people with E. coli toxins if it is eaten raw.
Reviews & Previews
Science News writers and editors make their picks for top science books of the year.
Letters to the Editor
From Cassini and eclipses to ladybugs and dolphins, Science News online readers had a wide variety of favorite stories on our website.
Swirls of sand, sea salt and smoke make atmospheric currents visible in a new NASA visualization.