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2014 in Science: Rosetta Takes Home the Gold

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as captured by one of Rosetta's cameras on August 16, 2014.

Living Lab's end-of-year coverage focuses on advances and trends in ocean and space science, from Alvin to Rosetta. But no one list can capture a year of scientific advances.

The scientist in me is never content to read just one list of the year's top science stories and breakthroughs. I have to compare as many as possible to find the commonalities and the unique perspectives.

This year, Rosetta's comet landing was the hands-down winner across many lists. Those with a biology bent were hot on research on the origins of the human race, as well as artificially modified DNA. Although it's not a discovery, the Ebola outbreak shows up repeatedly, highlighting the subtle difference between a leading advancement and a headlining news story.

The journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, covers all the bases with three different lists:

But Science is far from cornering the market in year-end "top 10" posts. Here are half a dozen others:

What tops your list?

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