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'Discover' Magazine Explores the Best Science of 2015

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Ranking #3 on "Discover's" list is the impact militants have waging war on the cultural heritage of Iraq and Syria. Much of Syria's millennia-old city Palmyra, including its Arch of Triumph (pictured), was destroyed in 2015 by the so-called Islamic State.

The last week of the year offers a good chance to look back at some of the stories that made news over the past 12 months. In the area of science, it seemed, at least to us lay people, like an unusually busy year for big developments in a variety of areas. The editors of Waukesha-based Discover can confirm that suspicion.

The magazine's January/February issue recaps the top 100 science stories of the year, and there are some that will undoubtedly be talked about for years to come.

"Quite frankly, this has been a fantastic year for showing how little we know about our own origins," says Discover senior associate editor Gemma Tarlach. "When you look in the fields of paleo archeology, paleo biology, just some really exciting finds that absolutely upend what we thought we knew about our origins."

From the comeback story of brontosaurus reclaiming its celebrity status to the aftermath of the Ebola virus and the ethics of editing human embryos, Discover highlights every field of science that made headlines this past year.

Tarlach joined Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to share more about what scientific discoveries made the list: