As it’s a bit past noon on December 21st, I’m going to round up and call it a day. No apocalypse this time around. But please, if you managed to “predict” that the world wouldn’t end today, don’t hurt yourself patting yourself on the back.
Instead, please partake of (what I consider) to be the most interesting science stories of the week.
- The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) announced their 11 year (and final) results: the universe is roughly 95% dark matter and energy; deal with it.
- In an increasingly common story of this type, a series of five potential planets has been discovered around Tau Ceti, a G Dwarf (like the sun) around 12 light-years away.
- While I’m not among them, lots of science outlets are publishing their lists of Top 10 discoveries of 2012 (and yes, the Higgs is in all of them): AAAS, Wired, Scientific American and from Live Science, The 10 most influential scientists of the year.
And while I’m not doing it, you should feel free to comment with your own top 10 list (or a link to it) below, and as always, email me with any questions you might have about the universe and whatnot.