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Life on Mars? Discover magazine announces the top 100 stories of 2013

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Waukesha, WI — This year witnessed advances, revelations — and headlines — in space exploration, technology, mathematics, climate science genetics and public health.

Editors at Discover magazine are devoting the January/February 2014 issue to the Year in Science, retelling the top 100 stories of 2013 in science. "We selected the top 100 stories based in part on each item’s impact and implications on its particular field," said Steve George, editor of Discover.

Discover editors named the following the top 10 science stories of 2013:

1. New Signs of Life on Mars – Mars rover Curiosity gave researchers unprecedented access to the Red Planet. 2. The Supreme Word on Genes – The Supreme Court decided in June that genes can’t be patented. 3. CO2 Hit 400 PPM (Or Did It?) – In May, the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere crossed a long-hyped threshold of 400 parts per million. 4. The Never-Ending End of Privacy – An unprecedented government surveillance effort surfaced in the summer. 5. Stem Cell Future – This year, we saw stunning advances in growing spare parts for humans. 6. Voyager 1 Goes Interstellar – Voyager 1 entered a new realm, one where no Earth-born craft has traveled. 7. Ready for Prime Time – One of mathematics’ biggest puzzles was cracked wide open by researchers on two continents. 8. Accessing Ancient Genomes – New techniques and very old bones pushed back the limits of genome sequencing for our early ancestors. 9. Childhood Obesity Reversed – Parents, schools and kids themselves may have finally started listening to health professionals. 10. Shaping the Future of Physics – The amplituhedron, a new geometric shape, enabled physicists to better model what happens after sub-atomic particles collide.

These and 90 more stories made 2013 a thrilling year in science, editors said.

The magazine is available on newsstands and online December 3. To schedule an interview or request a press copy, please contact Allie Curry at 646-695-7042 or allie@rosengrouppr.com.

Multimedia Available:

A photo gallery countdown of the year’s top 10 science stories, alongside compelling visuals, is available upon request. The gallery will be made available on Dec. 9.

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