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2017 was a year of triumphs and challenges across science and technology research. With new leadership in the White House, policy changes and budget cuts impacted many in R&D and controversial decisions from the Trump administration sparked debate and discussion on rdmag.com.

At the same time we also saw many exciting breakthroughs across numerous industries, with our readers showing a particular interest in the up-and-coming fields of nanotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence. Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes—two research areas that impact many people personally—were also popular amongst R&D Magazine’s readers, as well as breakthroughs related to opioid addiction, a growing problem in the United States.

Environmental-related topics, including research regarding climate change and environmental contaminants, were also well received by our readers this past year.

Space, energy, material science, biology and life science topics—mainstays of R&D Magazine—continued to be popular in 2017 as well.

We will continue to report on these, as well as other emerging topics in R&D, as we forge ahead into 2018.

Here are the 25 best performing stories—written by both R&D Magazine staff as well as expert guest contributors—on rdmag.com this past year.  

1) Giant Hole in Antarctica Remains Unexplained

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/10/giant-hole-antarctica-remains-unexplained

2) Study Finds “Night Owl” Gene Variant

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/04/study-finds-night-owl-gene-variant

3) Trump Bans EPA, USDA from Sharing Information with Press, Public

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/01/trump-bans-epa-usda-sharing-information-press-public

4) Oldest Human Cranium Ever Found in Portugal​

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/03/oldest-human-cranium-ever-found-portugal

5) Nuclear Reactors to Power Space Exploration

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/02/nuclear-reactors-power-space-exploration

6) Partnerships Pave the Road to Effective Alzheimer’s Drug Treatment

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/09/partnerships-pave-road-effective-alzheimers-drug-treatment

7) The Future Role of A.I. in the Military

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/08/future-role-ai-military

8) Conch Shells Inspire New Helmets, Body Armor

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/05/conch-shells-inspire-new-helmets-body-armor

9) Why Canada is Becoming a Hub for A.I. Research

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/07/why-canada-becoming-hub-ai-research

10) Researchers Discover New Key to Hair Growth

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/08/researchers-discover-new-key-hair-growth

11) Device Converts Heat into Electricity

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/01/device-converts-heat-electricity

12) Electromagnetic Patch Alternative to Opioids for Chronic Pain

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/06/electromagnetic-patch-alternative-opioids-chronic-pain

13) Neuroscientist Cori Bargmann Named 2017 Scientist of the Year

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/10/neuroscientist-cori-bargmann-named-2017-scientist-year

14) Cause of Vision Deterioration in Space Determined

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/01/cause-vision-deterioration-space-determined

15) Scientists Discover How to Control Electrons in Graphene

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/10/scientists-discover-how-control-electrons-graphene

16) Time Crystals: Non-Equilibrium Matter Discovered

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/01/time-crystals-non-equilibrium-matter-discovered

17) Trigger in Type 1 Diabetes Found

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/01/trigger-type-1-diabetes-found

18) Ground Penetrating Radar to Detect Unmarked Graves in Historic Cemeteries

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/08/ground-penetrating-radar-detect-unmarked-graves-historic-cemeteries

19) Next Wave of Solar Cells Are Transparent

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/10/next-wave-solar-cells-are-transparent

20) Trump's First Budget Proposes Big Changes for Science Research

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/03/trumps-first-budget-proposes-big-changes-science-research

21) Building The Next Generation of Nuclear Reactors

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/08/building-next-generation-nuclear-reactors

22) Researchers Discover Possible Key to Rejuvenating Aging Cells

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/11/researchers-discover-possible-key-rejuvenating-aging-cells

23) Study Finds Women Have More Active Brains Than Men

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/08/study-finds-women-have-more-active-brains-men

24) Eye Scan Could Detect Alzheimer’s Before Symptoms Occur

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/08/eye-scan-could-detect-alzheimers-symptoms-occur

25) Triclosan Researcher Explains Banned Antibacterial Agent's Environmental Impact

https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/02/triclosan-researcher-explains-banned-antibacterial-agents-environmental-impact

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