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    Discovery News on YouTube: Top 5 Science Stories of 2012

    Top 5 Science Stories of 2012! Trace counts down the biggest stories in a year full of amazing scientific advancements and achievements.

    Discovery News on YouTube: Top 6 Science Books of 2012

    What were some of the best science books of 2012? Anthony asks io9's Esther Inglis-Arkell about her top reads this past year.

    Discovery News: Reader's Choice: Favorite Space Story of 2012

    As 2012 rolls to a close, we can look back at an incredible 12 months of space exploration. Could this be one of the most profound years in space history? It might just be, but as we throw out our old calendars and replace them with ones marked "2013" (while avoiding doomsday in the process)* we look forward to another groundbreaking year in space that (who knows?) might be even more historic.

    So here are the top 10 space stories as chosen by our readers. Over 30 nominations were rounded up by Discovery News writers, bloggers and editorial staff, and the final 10 were voted on and ranked by you via Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Here they are in descending order, counting down to #1, the favorite space story of the year.

    And so we begin, on Mars, in 1976...

    *(This will be the ONLY reference to the idiotic "Maya doomsday" pseudoscience that plagued an otherwise outstanding year of real science!)

    Speaking of the Fake Mayan Doomsday, NBC News has the story.

    2012's Maya non-apocalypse takes the grand prize for weird science
    By Alan Boyle

    The hype over last month's supposed Maya doomsday has won honors as the weirdest science story of the past year — and although there wasn't all that much science to the claim that the ancient culture's calendar foretold the end of the world, the whole episode was a classic example of people putting too much faith in way-out calculations.

    "A year before that, we gave one of our prizes to a whole bunch of people who made specific prediction about when the world would end," said Marc Abrahams, who heads up the Ig Nobel Prize program for silly science. The big lesson? "When you make mathematical calculations, you should check your assumptions," Abrahams told me.

    Science Saturday is open for business fun!

    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 09:17:36 PM PST

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