Discover's 100 Top Science Stories of 2010

Posted by Grey Tuesday, January 4, 2011

An all-reading Sci-Fi geek concerned with missing out any essential Science stories from 2010? Discover magazine is here to help.

Now here's an essential reading material for any self-respecting Sci-Fi geek. At the end of every year, Discover magazine will compile a list of science-related top stories for the past twelve months to bring you one spell-binding view.

We implore you to read the full list via Discover.

Here's just a few of the cover stories in the Top 100 list to get your thirst for knowledge (be it interesting, useless, or just plain mad) raving:

97. Science Explains Why Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Here's what you learn when you look at the brain scans of people who have been dumped.

95. Rubik's Cube Decoded: What's the maximum number of moves it takes to solve a scrambled cube?

89. Chinese Pompeii Unearthed : Archaeologists find an immaculately preserved village beneath layers of flood sediments.

88. Same-Sex Parents Do No Harm: A long-term study that followed children raised by lesbians finds they score higher on academic tests and have fewer social problems.

85. Robot Skin Can Feel Your Touch: In tests of one electronic skin, the material detects objects as light as a butterfly.

77. Wired Bees Do Field Research : Thanks to this handy transmitter backpack, researchers can track bees' flights and foraging habits.

52. Large Hadron Collider Gets Going With a Bang: This year, the LHC started smashing protons together at 99 percent the speed of light.

48. The Science of Chivalry: Studies of the Titanic and Lusitania shipwrecks shed light on "women and children first."

41. Scans Unlock Hidden Life in Vegetative Brains : A man believed to be in a vegetative state communicates with doctors using only his thoughts.

37. CIA Doctors Did Forbidden Research: A report states that doctors went too far with prisoners after the 9/11 attacks.

34. Our Jumbled Ancestor : With a braincase and limb bones that don't look like they're from the same species, this fossil poses an evolutionary riddle.

9. The World's First Cyberweapon: The Stuxnet worm is the first cyberweapon to cause damage in the physical world--and Iran's nuclear facilities may have been its target.

And the top story...

1. 4.4 Million Barrels Later: The Deepwater Horizon disaster gushed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 86 days. What are the consequences for our energy supply?

Source: Discover


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