Scientists learned a lot this year, including fascinating new insights into our neighborly red planet Mars. This artist's impression depicts humans exploring the Martian surface -- perhaps the soil beneath their feet can be processed as a water resource. | NASA

The 10 Best Science Stories of 2013

Archaeologists excavated ancient civilizations; rocket scientists explored far-flung corners of the solar system; and physicists peered into the very fabric of reality.

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The remains of King Richard III, showing a curved spine and signs of battle trauma. | University of Leicester
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DNA was retrieved and sequenced from a 400,000-year-old representative of | Javier Trueba, Madrid Scientific Films
Billion-year-old sparkling water being collected. | J. Moran (2009)
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An artistic take on | Andrey Atuchin
A self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI). | NASA/JPL-Caltech
China's moon rover Yutu ("Jade Rabbit") rolls down a ramp on the Chang'e 3 lander after touching down on the moon's Bay of Rainbows on Dec. 14, 2013. | CNTV
With remote-sensing satellites, scientists have found the coldest places on Earth, just off a ridge in the East Antarctic Plateau. | Ted Scambos, National Snow and Ice Data Center