Tuning In to Science
In its own way, science is a lot like '60s rock 'n' roll on AM radio. If you're old enough, you remember the slogan: "And the hits just keep on comin'."
With science, the news just keeps on comin'. Somehow, year after year, science never runs out of hit discoveries. From land-based laboratories to the depths of the oceans to remote realms of the cosmos, intrepid investigators find enough novelties in nature each year to fill the pages of thousands of journals and populate the programs of countless conferences.
Condensing the highlights from those discoveries into a few magazine pages isn't as challenging as making the discoveries to begin with, but it is almost as much fun. So Science News staff writers enjoyed poring over the potpourri of science stories from 2007 to select those most worthy of enshrinement in the magazine's annual year-end issue.
There's no point in ranking these stories for impact or importance&mdash