When I posted Gravity waves and other top science stories of 2016, I had no idea that the discoverers of gravity waves would win the Nobel Prize for physics this year, but they did. Gravity waves are still the number one science story of the year, at least according to the AAAS and Science Magazine, as they named them Breakthrough of the Year, 2017.
Check out what Science's editors deemed the top results of 2017, including our Breakthrough of the Year!That discovery topped most of the other lists I examined from what I considered reputable sources. The other stories that Science Magazine placed in this year's top ten that showed up elsewhere were CRISPR and its role in gene therapy, the discovery of the oldest Homo sapiens fossils in Morrocco, and a new endangered species of orangutan. Stories that Science Magazine did not mention that made many other sources' top science story lists included the Great American Eclipse and the end of the Cassini mission, perhaps because they were not breakthroughs or discoveries, even if both were big news.
Follow over the jump for videos from New Scientist, Curiosity Stream, Science News, and Scientific American on their top science stories of 2017.
New Scientist presented its own top 12 items, including the oldest H. sapiens, the new orangutan species, CRISPR, and Cassini, in The best science and tech stories of the year.
The U.K. science magazine ignored the neutron star collision, but included some interesting items instead, such as the first exomoon and the two examples of Russian technological warfare, interfering with GPS and using Facebook to influence elections.
CuriosityStream did as much showing as telling in its Top Science Stories of 2017, including the neutron star collision, the eclipse, Cassini, and oldest H. sapiens in its list.
Science had quite a year. From a solar eclipse that captured North America to the discovery of a possible eighth continent to a brand new dinosaur fossil - and everything in between - look back on the moments that made us say "WOW."CuriosityStream has risen from nowhere to being what I consider to be a reputable source in very little time. I never mentioned it on this blog before I posted Nature documentary nominees are well photographed at the 2017 News and Documentary Emmy Awards and 'Sonic Sea,' a triple nominee, and its competitors this past October, but the streaming service received two nominations for original science and nature programming and one award at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, so I think it's earned its place.
One discovery that appeared on CuriosityStream's list that they didn't elaborate on, using muons to find a hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza, gets a mention in Science News' Reflections on the science news stories of 2017 as does the top story, gravity waves, along with the eclipse and the demise of Cassini.
As 2017 comes to a close, we asked the Science News staff to reflect on the highlights of the past year.I'm glad to see March for Science made their list, even if it didn't make anyone elses.
Scientific American took a different tack in Looking Back at the Year in Science. Instead of listing top stories based on the expert opinions of the writers and editors, it picked them based on reader engagement. The result was interesting, as it showed the intersection between science and politics, which annoyed a lot of the commenters. On the other hand, CRISPR and the eclipse both made the top five in this video.
Our editors recap some of the science stories most popular with our readers in 2017.Scientific American may have neglected the neutron star collision in the video, but it did mention it in The Top 10 Science Stories of 2017 on the magazine's website, cementing it as the top science story of the year. It also mentioned Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord as a top story, which New Scientist also did.
That's it for the year in science. Stay tuned for posts on speculative fiction at the SAG Awards, the top political documentaries of 2017, an economic forecast for next year, and a farewell to 2017 on social media. Stay tuned.