Top Science stories of 2018 in Scientific American

The Year in Science of 2018

In March physicist Stephen Hawking passed away after living for more than 50 years with ALS, a devastating neurodegenerative disease that confined him to a wheelchair for most of his life. Revered for his description in the 1970s of the radiation emanating from black holes, he became a cultural icon, authoring best-selling books and appearing in documentaries and sitcoms. His death spurred a global outpouring of tributes from fellow scientists, world leaders and celebrities. Perhaps his popularity resulted from his resilient pursuit of knowledge—a reminder of the power of science to inspire and uplift. This year, we learned more about the universe, the planet and ourselves thanks to research and discovery. In our annual roundup, we list the most important developments based on our readers’ favorite articles and top picks from our editors.

—Andrea Gawrylewski, Collections Editor

The Arctic Is Breaking Climate Records, Altering Weather Worldwide

Deep within Mars, Liquid Water Offers Hope for Life

Clicks, Lies and Videotape: Bracing for the Era of Deepfakes

A Wave of Resurgent Epidemics Has Hit the U.S.

10 Things You Don’t Know about Yourself

The American Economy Is Rigged

Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think

Gun Injuries Drop During NRA Conventions

How Opioids Kill

Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts

Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders

There Is No Such Thing as Conscious Thought
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There Is No Such Thing as Conscious Thought

December 20, 2018 — Steve Ayan

Is the Psychology of Deadly Force Ready for the Courts?

December 20, 2018 — Zachary Siegel and Undark

Getting the Dirt on Creation—inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu

Space

Getting the Dirt on Creation—inside OSIRIS-REx’s First Close Look at Bennu

December 19, 2018 — David W. Brown

<i>Apollo 8,</i> 50 Years Later: The Greater Leap

Space

Apollo 8, 50 Years Later: The Greater Leap

The first flight to take astronauts around the moon looms larger than the first to land

December 20, 2018 — Ned Potter

Measuring the Strength of a Person’s Gaze

2 minutes ago — Karen Hopkin

Visions of a Better World

10 hours ago — John Horgan

GeoBits: Unearthly, Bizarre and Shiny Edition

December 22, 2018 — Dana Hunter

The Lunar Farside and the Cosmic Dark Age

December 22, 2018 — Caleb A. Scharf

Can Intelligence Buy You Happiness?

December 22, 2018 — Scott Barry Kaufman

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Raymond Morel is a member of the Board of Directors at SI and is President of Social-IN3, a cooperative of a researchers’ convinced of the need to address new challenges of today's Information Age, which is slowly and surely modify the entire society.

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