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The Top 10 Science Stories of 2017

Record hurricanes, data breaches, colliding black holes and drug epidemics—the most important science stories of the year --

Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? SETI Tunes In to 'Oumuamua

It’s a long shot, but scientists are about to listen very closely for radio signals from our solar system’s first known interstellar visitor --

Scientific American's 2017 Gadget Guide

Big tech companies—including Apple, Amazon and Nintendo—made headlines this year, but here are some under-the-radar devices worth checking out --

Fowl Language: AI Decodes the Nuances of Chicken  "Speech"

How machine learning can translate chicken chatter and improve farming --

French Zoo Offers Rare Look at Baby Manatee

Newborn manatee Kali’na weighed 33 pounds; her twin sister drowned --

This Sunday, Look Up and Wave at Kepler

As its mission draws to a close, the planet-hunting space telescope will turn its gaze homeward to snap a picture of Earth --

The Neuroscience of Changing Your Mind

New findings suggest it is more complicated than scientists thought --

What Will NASA's Biggest-Ever Space Telescope Study First?

To fully utilize the long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope, researchers will have to squeeze a generation of scientific studies into the multibillion-dollar observatory’s short lifetime --

The Scientific American Guide to Cheating in the Olympics

It’s harder than ever to dope your way to glory—but some athletes will probably get away with it anyway --

Parents in a Remote Amazon Village Barely Talk to Their Babies--and the Kids Are Fine

Ignoring a Western child-rearing practice does not seem to matter for the Tsimané of Bolivia --

A New Antibiotic Weakness--Drugs Themselves Help Bacteria Survive

Medications can change body chemistry to make it more hospitable to invading microbes --

Shape-Shifting Metals Could Generate Electricity from Wasted Heat

A prototype waste-heat engine runs by cycling hot and cold water through its pistons​ --

"Living Ink" Laced with Microbes Makes Molecules on Demand

3-D printed gel contains bacteria that produce compounds for medicine or pollution cleanup --

El Niño Might Speed Up Climate Change

Scientists have evidence that El Niño boosts CO2 levels, and they are pinning down how --

Eggs in 1 Basket: China Fossil Find Opens Up Lost World of Pterosaurs

Researchers think the winged reptiles may have nested in colonies and cared for their young --

Alaska's Coast Is Vanishing, 1 Storm at a Time

Ordinary storms are chipping away at coastal communities as protective sea ice disappears --