2014 Science Year in Review

40:50 minutes

What stories grabbed your attention this year? Was it the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa or the European Space Agency’s successful landing on a comet? Ira Flatow and a panel of science editors and writers discuss the biggest stories in science and technology of 2014.

Below are links to SciFri stories on the discussed topics:

Ebola (oldest to most recent)
    Ebola Outbreak Continues in West Africa
·       Can an Experimental Therapy Be Used to Treat Ebola?
·       The Race to Contain, Rather Than Cure, Ebola
·       Ebola Vaccines Fast-Tracked As Outbreak Slows 

Rosetta Mission (oldest to most recent)
Close-Up With a Comet 
·       Scientists Sniff Smelly Comet 
·       The First Touchdown on a Comet 

  Delving Into the Security of the Internet of Things 

Scientific Retractions
  Keeping an Eye on Wayward Studies
·       Detecting the ‘Bang’ from the Big Bang 

  Another Climate Report, But Who’s Listening? 
·       The EPA’s New Proposal to Curb Carbon Emissions
·       As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño
·       The People’s March Against Climate Change 
·       Climate Deal or Not, Fight Against Global Warming Has Begun

·       A Bird-Like ‘Chicken from Hell’ Dino Discovery 
·       Supermassive Dinosaur Would Have ‘Feared Nothing’

Smartwatches and Technology
·       Fashioning the Future
·       Bridging the Rift: Oculus’ Answer to Virtual Reality
·       Seeing (and Feeling) the Future of Virtual Reality With the Oculus Rift

·       Test Launch Marks New Phase for NASA 
·       Making Space a More Democratic Place 

Drones and Robots
·       Robot Roundup 
·       Squarepusher Rocks with Bots 
·       Would You Trust a Robot to Schedule Your Life? 
·       Dispatches from SXSW Interactive 2014

Science and Politics
·       Scientists Speak Out About Attacks on Science 

·       A Jovian Moon With Earth-Like Tectonics

Is there a science story that we missed? Add your top pick of 2014 in the comments.

Segment Guests

Liz Kruesi

Liz Kruesi is contributing editor at Astronomy Magazine based in Austin, Texas.

Mariette DiChristina

Mariette DiChristina is editor-in-chief of Scientific American in New York, New York.

Bridget Carey

Bridget Carey is the host of CNET Update and senior editor of CNET.com in New York, New York.

Riley Black

Riley Black is a science writer and the author of several books, including The Last Days of the Dinosaurs, Skeleton Keys and My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs.

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Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

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