The University Communication and Marketing (UCAM) Department at The University of New Mexico annually compiles a list of its top-10 research news stories during the course of the year. Below is the list of UNM's top-10 research news stories for 2016. The stories are in random order.

Scientists discover hidden galaxies behind Milky Way
Hundreds of hidden nearby galaxies have been studied for the first time by a team of international scientists, including UNM Physics and Astronomy Professor Patricia Henning, shedding light on a mysterious gravitational anomaly dubbed the ‘Great Attractor.’ 

An afternoon walk and a mammoth find
It began with a man walking along a shallow wash near Abiquiu, New Mexico one afternoon and noticing some flakes of what looked like bone. He happened to be walking near the property line, maybe on his neighbor’s property. So he went to visit his neighbor, to tell him about the find.

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Zach Sharp, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, conducts and experiment in the UNM-CSI lab. Sharp is the director of the newly-opened UNM-CSI lab.

UNM-CSI features world class stable isotope research
It started with a vision – a vision to build a world class research-focused laboratory to support stable isotope research while providing hands on instruction that also encourages a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas and techniques. The result is the UNM-CSI or Center for Stable Isotopes.

UNM research reveals big benefits to housing homeless population
A new report from The University of New Mexico Institute for Social Research could help change the way cities, counties and states deal with homelessness. The study, which researchers say is one of the most comprehensive looks at the economic impact of homelessness to-date, shows it actually costs less to house chronically homeless people than to leave them on the streets.

UNM alumnus plays role in gravitational waves discovery
It is considered by many to be one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the past century. For the first time an international group of researchers, including a University of New Mexico alumnus, have detected the existence of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime, confirming a portion of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity.

UNM researchers exploring how to control bacterial growth on sensitive surfaces
Bacteria is such a common part of our world most of us don’t think much about it, but when bacteria grows prolifically on some surfaces it can cause major problems. One example is bacterial growth on a urinary catheter, another is bacterial growth on the hulls of ships. 

New DNA sequencing tech could revolutionize industry
The advancement of the study of the human genome is considered by many to be one of the most significant scientific achievements in modern history. Now, a new technique developed at The University of New Mexico will change the way researchers sequence DNA, what they’re able to learn from it and how many lives they’re able to save.

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The dead still speak at UNM’s Human Osteology Lab
Inside an aged, unassuming laboratory in UNM’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, a group of scientists look to the dead for answers.

Optical physicists record lowest temperature ever in solids using laser cooling
When most people think about lasers, they usually imagine them generating heat and even setting something on fire. But, for a group of scientists in The University of New Mexico’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, lasers are actually being used to reach temperatures colder than the arctic circle.

Research links parental relationship quality to a child’s intelligence
The race is on. Children spend more of their time in classrooms and participating in organized activities than any other generation. As part of this frantic feat, Americans are spending around $7 billion annually on supplemental education to ensure their children do well on the highly competitive education circuit. What researchers at UNM have found is if parents can’t get along with each other, then all this conditioning is moot. 

Tobias Fischer collects measurements of volcanic sulfur dioxide in the sky overhead using a Differential Optical Absorption Spectrometer on the summit of Kanaga volcano in the Western Aleutian Islands. 

Exhaling Earth: scientists closer to forecasting volcanic eruptions
On average, 40 volcanoes on land erupt into the atmosphere each month, while scores of others on the seafloor erupt into the ocean. A new time-lapse animation uniting volcanoes, earthquakes, and gaseous emissions reveals unforgettably the large, rigid plates that make the outermost shell of Earth and suggests the immense heat and energy beneath them seeking to escape.

UNM technology playing crucial role in Large Hadron Collider discoveries
Near Geneva, Switzerland, an experimental facility, 17-miles in diameter, shoots protons at almost the speed of light to see what happens when they crash into one another. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is located at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator on the planet. Several experiments take data at the LHC, including the largest called ATLAS. And, on the other side of the world, in The University of New Mexico’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, a research group is making big contributions to this massive experiment more than 5,000 miles away.