It’s time for our annual Roundup roundup, where I count down the best “best of” science and technology lists from 2015.
10. Reflecting interest in science topics by the mainstream media, Scientific American’s Top 10 Science Stories of 2015 features their list of newsworthy items. Football concussions, drone regulation, and cybersecurity make the cut, as did Volkswagen’s diesel misdeeds.
9. Discovery News’ Top 10 Space Stories of 2015: Readers’ Choice, detailing the year’s most popular NASA missions, observatory discoveries, and commercial spaceflight trials, as well as The Martian.
8. The award for the best science news we didn’t hear about goes to the Smithsonian for Cool Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2015, including weather-controlling mushrooms.
7. Weird Science! The Top 10 Weirdest Science Stories Of 2015 from IFLScience counts down such oddities as DARPA’s vampire drones, human chimerism, and whatever nonsense flatworms are up to these days.
6. Phil Plait of Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog gives us The Top Space and Astronomy Stories of 2015 (in video form, including a transcript with images).
5. For a briefer overview emphasizing Canadian content (the Nobel Prize in Physics, but disappointing results in a poll about attitudes about climate change), check out Quirks & Quarks’ host Bob McDonald’s The top science stories of 2015 that were covered by his CBC radio program.
3. Gizmodo’s 10 Scariest, Weirdest, Coolest Robots of 2015, including Canada’s very own hitchBOT.
2. WIRED’s Nick Stockton showcases “all the science heroics from the past year” with All the Most Winningest Science From 2015. Topping the list: reproducibility watchdog Brian Nosek.
And best of all the “best of” lists, thanks to its pleasantly underhyped approach…
1. Mental Floss’ Top 10 Science Stories of 2015 by science journalist Dan Falk keeps the hype on a low simmer instead of the usual rolling boil, sharing our excitement about awesome science news while deftly debunking the nonsense.