It's been a great year for science--Curiosity! The Higgs Boson!--and intrepid photographers have been there all along to document it. Narrowing our favorite photos down to just a dozen wasn't easy, but here they are. Until next year, everybody.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.