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21 Extraordinary Pictures That Sum Up Science in 2016

 Science today has the ability to inform and amaze us in ways that we hardly dared to dream about when we were younger. The past year alone has seen so many moments of surpassing wonder in the realms of physics, chemistry, and biology, that it's almost impossible to sum them up fairly on one page. So, instead, let's celebrate the achievements of 2016 by looking at these astonishing 21 images of the scientific year. 
 
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An icy ocean from 1,500 feet in the air
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The tail feathers of a 99 million year old dinosaur, preserved in amber
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The Sahara desert photographed from the International Space Station
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Valleys on the planet Mars
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Curiosity Mars rover taking a selfie
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Astronauts prepare to land by parachute in Kazakhstan
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The newly discovered newt, known as Tylototriton anguliceps
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X-ray image of an extreme pulsar (rotating neutron star)
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Microbeads magnified from a common eyeliner product
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Ants eating colored sugar
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The Milky Way at 4,400m in the Himalayas
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A fan throated lizard protecting its territory
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The Crab Nebula, formed from a star that exploded 2,600 years ago
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The newly discovered Phuket horned tree agamid
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A Greenland Shark, recently found to be the longest-living vertebrates (up to 400 years old)
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Many small clusters orbiting a lenticular galaxy: each cluster contains hundreds of thousands of stars
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The magnified end of a diving beetle's leg
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Sandhill cranes resting from their Siberia to Mexico migration during a storm
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Earth's lights and lightning from the International Space Station
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Tiger Shark in the Bahamas
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A radio-frequency image of our universe, from a radio telescope in Australia
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Source and Images: izismile
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