NEWWorthy Awards 2013

We’ve had a fun and busy first year putting together the NEWWorthy blog in 2013.  Now, as we reach the end of the year, it’s time to list some of the best articles, inventions, discoveries, and events reported here in each major category on NEWWorthy in 2013.  We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog as much as we did putting it together.

We’re excited to see what’s in store for the new year. NEWWorthy will continue to keep an eye on what’s new and worthy.  For example, at the end of 2013 Computerworld reports that France’s Carmat said “it had carried out its first implant of an artificial heart that can beat for up to five years“.

What’s coming next year?  Who can tell, but we suspect there will be more talk about Fed tapering, Healthcare.gov, budgets, space exploration and meteors, microbiomes and viruses, quantum computing, new computer form factors, artificial body parts, artificial intelligence, travel apps, travel deals, video games and game consoles, and things that are old.  Happy 2014!

Here are the NEWWorthy Award winners for 2013…

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ENTERTAINMENT: Winner – “TV Guide Magazine: 60 Years of Covers“; Honorable Mentions – “Project Drive-In” and “Veronica Mars movie funded at Kickstarter“; Best Movie – “A Boy and his Atom by IBM researchers“; Word – Nocializing

FINANCE: Winner – “No taper!…“; Honorable Mentions – “Computer simulations reveal benefits of random investment strategies…” and “Twitter files for IPO” and “Microsoft buys Nokia devices and phone businesses“; Word – Crowdfunding

SCIENCE HEALTH: Winner – “Healthcare pricing information“; Honorable Mentions – “Worlds first approved bionic eye” and “Human genes can’t be patented“; Words – Nocebo and microbiome

SCIENCE: Winner – “Meteorite falls in Russia“; Honorable Mentions – “China lands rover on the moon” and “India launched its first mission to Mars“; Word – heliotail

TECHNOLOGY: Winner – “MIT Technology Review’s 10 breakthrough technologies 2013“; Words – phabletglogging, big data, and verifiable computing.

TRAVEL: Winner – “Laptop travel usage declines“; Honorable Mentions – “One way car rental deals from Florida in 2013” and “The Love Boat to be scrapped“; Words – travel apps and social reservations

OLDWORTHY: Winner – “The U.S. is producing more oil than it imports“; Honorable Mentions – “Interactive gravestones” and “Worlds biggest family trees“; Words – Floppy music

Company’s with best business outlook

In May 2013, Glassdoor published a list of “The Top 10 Companies With The Best Business Outlook According To Employees“.  It’s interesting to note that at the end of 2013, not only were most of these companies doing well in the stock market, some were doing very well.  Some of that may be due to the fact that the U.S. stock market has been good to many stocks in 2013, but employees may also have an early idea as to whether their company is headed in the right direction.

While NEWWorthy does not give financial advice, we do like to report on financial items of interest.

Maps and Flights

You don’t always know where you want to go, but you probably know how much you’d like to spend to get there.  At least one airline, Southwest, provides an interactive map (on their website, under “Air”, select “Search by Map”) that shows you the cost of flights from one U.S. location to another.  In the video below, Fareboom shows off a search feature for international fares.

Predicting technology for 2014

Recently The Daily Beast blogged about its “Top 10 Predictions for Technology in 2014“.  While predicting is OLDWorthy — Nostradamus made predictions in the 1500’s, though his accuracy has been debated — perhaps if the proposed events are entertaining enough to ponder we might consider it NEWWorthy.  In this case, maybe the true fun will be when we find out next year how many of The Daily Beast’s predictions weren’t even close.

It isn’t just ancient predictions that are debated.  In 1964 science fiction writer Isaac Asimov made a list of predictions for 2014.  Buzzfeed — in the video below — says that his predicions were “Frighteningly Accurate”, while Paleofuture blogged about Asimov’s predictions as “Shockingly Conservative”.  The debate would seem to support the idea that predicting can be entertaining.  Of course, it can also be about finance.  CNet recently blogged about “Buffet’s 2014 Action Plan“. Stay tuned to NEWWorthy.

Soon I will be posting our NEWWorthy favorites for 2013 and perhaps make some entertaining predictions for what’s NEWWorthy in 2014.