We’ve reported (and missed) an assortment of science and tech stories in Newspace, and we’re listing our top ones at year’s end. What did we still miss? And in what order would you rank these?

Also– just for fun– we’re going to bookend these with Batman-related footage. Above, the Dynamic Duo fights Spider-man at an MMA bout.

Below: the future, in progress.

The Final Frontier

Voyager 16 left our solar system this year:

And Terrans identified three Kepler planets that could be life-supporting.


Scientists at Stanford created the world’s first carbon nanotube computer, while Western Digital released the first helium-filled harddrive.


Fusion power remains a dream, but 2013 saw the first net-positive fusion reactor

Brain Tech

Miguel Nicolelis developed a brain-to-brain interface, while Brown University gave us the first brain-computer interface.


The replicator came a little closer to reality, in the year that you could (sort of) print human stem cells (Expect an organ in 2014)….

…and a functional gun.


A completely preserved Plioscene skull found in Dmanisi, Georgia suggests much about our evolutionary biology:

Meanwhile, our studies of genetics reveals more about how Neanderthals and Denisovans interbred with our ancestors—and that some groups, at least, bred a little too close to home.

Zoology Daikaiju

The Japanese captured a giant squid on film:


And, in really important news, back in November, Batman and Robin went mentor-to-sidekick in a car race: