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morpho dragonfly

BETTER BLUES  SN's article about the wings of this morpho dragonfly creating natural blue colors in a really complicated way was our top online story in 2017.

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Scientists witnessed gigantic events this year — a neutron star collision and a calving Antarctic iceberg — and also demonstrated the transformative power of more minuscule changes.

illustration of neutron star collision

CRASH AND WAVE   In a galaxy 130 million light-years away, two neutron stars collided. This year, in the first detection of its kind, observatories caught the resulting gravitational waves and light show (illustrated).

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