Science News of the Year

Science News have selected what they consider to be the most important science stories of the year. To read the full texts of their articles about the topics, you need a subscription. Also of interest though is the list of the most popular articles that are freely available online as determined by the number of visitors to the Web pages.

The most widely viewed news article described bias in a heads-or-tail toss of a coin. The most popular feature looked into the physics underlying a new generation of yo-yos. Other top articles reported on:

* DNA differences among various breeds of purebred dogs.
* Stone Age human relatives that were surprisingly small.
* Psychology investigations of how, and how well, people recognize lies.
* A Martian chemical that hints there was once life on the Red Planet.
* A gene mutation that resulted in a superstrong toddler.
* Technologies developed to mimic ocean animals.