Over at the Knight Science Journalism Tracker, Charlie Petit has a fun roundup of over half a dozen publications and organizations’ lists of the best science stories, photos, and discoveries of the year. Cellular reprogramming, exoplanets, the Large Hadron Collider, and China’s race to space top most of the lists. They are all very important subjects indeed, but for my money there is simply nothing cooler than National Geographic’s rare video of the giant squid.

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Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.