6 Science Discoveries Worth Celebrating in 2016

This year brought us a nearby alien world, a gem of a dinosaur find, and a cosmic detection that may open a new era of astronomy.

Colliding black holes, dinosaur parts in amber, potentially life-friendly planets: The year in science has at times felt almost cinematic in scope.

Get caught up on some of the most awesome discoveries of 2016, and find out how these scientific wonders are transforming our understanding of the world we inhabit, from our own human origins to the depths of the cosmos.

A hundred years after Einstein predicted their existence, faint ripples in the fabric of the cosmos finally made their debut. Called gravitational waves, these ripples are created by some of the most violent events in the universe—in this case, the merger of two black holes caught in a spiraling death dance. Despite their extreme origins, gravitational waves remained elusive for

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