2012’s Biggest Science and Technology Stories

December 21st, 2012 | by Ysabel Yates

It was a year for setting precedents. We went deep to the ocean’s bottom and farther into space in 2012 than ever before. People broke new records in the name of science and technology, from the “seven minutes of terror” of NASA’s Curiosity Mars descent to Felix Baumgartner’s ten-minute fall from the edge of space.

It was also a big year in science and technology ethics, with some difficult questions coming out of tragedy and breakthrough. Decisions by authorities to prosecute scientists accused of failing to predict a devastating earthquake and the publishing of controversial bird flu study results have forced us to confront how we use scientific information and how we will continue to use it in the future.

While this list is by no means exhaustive of all the biggest science and technology news made this year, we’ve documented a range of stories that set the tone in 2012 and will no doubt have influence in the years to come.

Read more: txchnologist: 2012’s Biggest Science and Technology Stories.

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