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RECORD BREAKER  Climate change and remnant warming from the 2015–2016 El Niño helped make 2016 the hottest year on record. Blue areas were cooler than their long-term average temperature; red areas were warmer.

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OXYGEN OASIS  Oxygen was abundant enough for complex life-forms such as this 1.4-billion-year-old fossilized eukaryote to thrive around 2.3 billion years ago, new research suggests. The expansion and diversification of eukaryotes nevertheless only came hundreds of millions of years later.

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ANTIQUE RINGS  The rings in trees buried by volcanic eruptions hundreds of millions of years ago show evidence of climate variations caused by the 11-year solar cycle, researchers report.

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