Top Science Stories of 2016 • 2016

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From the detection of gravitational waves generated in space over a billion years ago, to discoveries in genetics here on Earth, we've collected the most compelling science breakthroughs and advances of 2016. Thanks to magnificent, hard-working scientists and researchers around the world, science keeps marching ever forward. And this year saw some discoveries that are absolutely brimming with the promise of greater discoveries, breakthroughs and quality of life in the future.

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Can We Have Unlimited Power?

The story of how power has been harnessed from wind, steam and from inside the atom.

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Out of Sight

Using new imaging technology, Richard Hammond journeys beyond the visible spectrum.

58m • Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds

Time Travel

The promise of time travel has long been one of the world's favorite scientific "what-ifs?" Hawking explores all the possibilities, warping the very fabric of time and space as he goes.

43m • 1997 • Stephen Hawking's Universe

Where Did the Universe Come from?

In this mind-bending episode can the participants work out where the universe comes from?

54m • 2016 • Genius by Stephen Hawking

Is gun Crime a Virus?

Every 17 minutes in America, someone is killed with a gun. Politicians can't seem to stop the violence. But epidemiologists, psychologists and big data crunchers are discovering that gun crime spreads like a virus -and science may be able to stop its spread.

43m • 2017 • Through the Wormhole

Aliens

Hawking joins science and imagination to explore one of the most important mysteries facing humankind - the possibility of alien, intelligent life and the likelihood of future "contact."

41m • 1997 • Stephen Hawking's Universe