Again we had a fun and busy year putting together the NEWWorthy blog in 2014. It’s time to list some of the best articles, inventions, discoveries, and events reported here in each major category on NEWWorthy in 2014. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog as much as we did putting it together.
Technology had a particularly big year in 2014, with several innovations. We had a hard time picking the winner and had to list a number of honorable mentions that seemed worthy. Jibo, even if lacking the ability to wash/dry/iron clothes, proved that there’s demand for a family robot.
We’re excited to see what’s in store for 2015. NEWWorthy will continue to keep an eye on what’s new and worthy. Whether it’s new research in science or the latest new happenings in entertainment and travel, we’ll be taking a look at it.
What’s coming in 2015? Who can tell, but we suspect there will be more talk about Deep Learning, U.S. elections 2016, ‘omes (as in proteomes, microbiomes, and genomes — for under $500?), Pluto, getting to Mars, and wearable computing (goggles, headsets, fitness bands, watches, etc.). Perhaps “the fog of things” will make the dictionary in 2015.
Happy 2015! Here are the NEWWorthy Award winners for 2014…
ENTERTAINMENT: Winner – “Rory McIlroy accidentally gives cholla to a fan” — this may become classic golf footage someday; Honorable Mentions – What’s upworthy.com?; If HuvR tech were real…; “Jurrasic Park” might have been wrong about birds
FINANCE: Winner – Could we soon see better logistics?; Honorable Mentions – Veggie Burger fakes meat; To BOX, or not to BOX — still a hot topic in early 2015 before their IPO; AARP’s new Guide for Tipping;
SCIENCE HEALTH: Winner – Alzheimers memory loss reversed? — even a possible small step forward could be huge; Honorable Mentions – Top 10 innovations 2014 – The Scientist — The $1000 genome; Transplants with hearts that have stopped beating; Compound emotions — 15 new emotions identified
SCIENCE: Winner – Nanomotors manipulated in living cells; Honorable Mentions – Necrobiome on CSI?…Human interactome map; Synthetic DNA replicated within living bacteria; Human genome origami; CRISPR gene editing
TECHNOLOGY: Winner – Bots with magnetic personalities; Honorable mentions – To Hybrid or not to Hybrid; First orbitable flight with legs…landing legs; Covert and mathematically invisible; Big Data makes the dictionary; The fog of things; Simply Brilliant (.org, that is); World’s first ‘family robot’ – Jibo; A comet walks Rosetta; MOM orbits Mars; World’s first 3D printed cars
OLDWORTHY: Winner – Sailing stones finally observed; Honorable mentions – Welwitschia, one of a kind; Smokey at 70; Titanosaur; Intellivision Flashback – and the comeback of other old video game consoles