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ZIKA, EINSTEIN AND WEED BACKERS…

The hot science stories you might’ve overlooked during this wild year

IN A YEAR when the U.S. presidential campaign dominated the headlines (who won?), you might have missed some of the most interesting and important science and health stories. Here are a few of Newsweek’s favorites.

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On November 8, voters in four states chose to legalize recreational marijuana, bringing the number of states with such laws to eight (plus Washington, D.C.). Another 20 states allow medical use of marijuana. Activists were ecstatic that California approved recreational use—with its huge economy, the legal cannabis market is projected to grow to $22 billion by 2020. Pot’s growing acceptance will make it easier to study conditions for which it could be helpful, such as epilepsy, glaucoma and cancer. —Sandy Ong

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Donald Trump’s many business ties abroad are already jeopardizing the interests of the United States and making the president-elect vulnerable to bribery and blackmail.