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Volume 552 Issue 7685, 21 December 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we once again select ‘Nature’s 10’ — ten scientists whose work this year has had an important impact in their respective fields. The cover design is a nod to the increasingly important role AI has played for business, health care and in science during this year. The image was created using a machine learning algorithm called the travelling salesman problem (TSP), which finds the optimum path between a set of points on a single path. Thus, our ‘10’ is created using only one line. Image by Martin Krzywinski.

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