Nature has posted an excellent interactive feature of the science news in 2011, ranging from the Arab Spring to the Higgs cornered.
“For science — as for politics and economics — 2011 was a year of upheaval, the effects of which will reverberate for decades. The United States lost three venerable symbols of its scientific might: the space-shuttle programme, the Tevatron particle collider and blockbuster profits from the world’s best-selling drug all came to an end. But the year also saw stirrings of science’s future: hopes that research might blossom following the Arab Spring; cheap vaccines rolling out in Africa; and the first fruits of genome sequencing being used in the clinic. All this was overshadowed by the triple trauma of Japan’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, and a continual chipping away at science funding as nations struggled with the financial crisis.”
They also have a selection of their 10 best features of the year, which are interesting reads.
Happy New Year’s Eve everyone. Onwards, to 2012!