Still Think 2016 Was Terrible? These 14 Discoveries Prove It Was Actually the Future (14 Pics)

Maybe 2016 wasn’t so bad after all. Here are some of the biggest scientific breakthroughs you might have missed in 2016.

1. The ozone hole is healing

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The giant hole in the ozone layer that protects Earth from UV radiation has shrunk by 1.5 million square miles since its peak in 2000, thanks to a combination of a reduction in CFCs and changing weather patterns.