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2012: The year’s science and tech news in one graphic

We show what science, technology, health and environment news visitors to bbc.com were interested in over the past 12 months as well as some stories that you may not have seen but we think you might be interested in. Enjoy our graphic distillation of 2012, below you’ll find links to all the stories mentioned.

January
First 'mixed embryo' monkeys born
World's smallest frog discovered
The tiniest solar system ever found
Exact colour of Milky Way found
IBM makes 12-atom magnetic memory
Super-strong silk unveiled
Wikipedia in anti-Sopa 'blackout'
Megaupload sharing site shut down
Arctic freshwater bulge detected
Strong solar storm lashes Earth
New standards set for US school meals
Asteroid makes near-miss fly-by
Isolated Peruvian tribe pictured

February
Dark side of the moon: the movie
Transplant jaw made by 3D printer
3D earthquake mapping
Regulations for self-driving cars passed
US record kidney donor chain ends

March
Swimming robots set world record
Flies' 1,400 generations of darkness
Clue to male baldness discovered
Dive to Earth's deepest place

April
Baboons have reading skills
Facebook buys Instagram for $1bn
Pebble paper watch gets over $10,000,000 on Kickstarter
Blind mice treated in transplant
Rubber chicken sent to edge of space
Methane leaking from the Arctic
Google offers 16TB cloud storage

May
Retina implant joy for blind men
One-in-six cancers due to treatable or preventable infection
Facebook valued at $104bn
Massive cyber-attack discovered
US tuna show Fukushima pollution
Paralysed rats 'learn to walk'

June
Venus makes rare trek across Sun
New gene regulator that may cause epileptic seizures found
Apple ditches Google Maps in iOS6
The Nasa bake sale
Colossal telescope given go-ahead
Ten-year-old gets lab-grown vein
'On the brink' species counted
Obamacare upheld by the Supreme Court
'Agreement reached' at Rio summit

July
Five millionth 'test tube baby'
Iceberg twice the size of Manhattan breaks away
Higgs boson-like particle discovered
Grand Canyon-sized gash under the Antarctic
Capturing the birth of stars

August
Nasa's Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars
Samsung told to pay Apple $1bn

September
Thalidomide maker issues apology
NYC limit on size of sugary drinks
Fizzier beer for all
Oyster genome mystery unravelled
IgNobel honours ponytail physics

October
First recording of what Earth sounds like
Stem cell experts win Nobel prize
Baumgartner breaks sound barrier
Planet with four suns discovered
Exoplanet found 'just next door'
Hurricane Sandy tracked by Google
Space Shuttle Endeavour on its final journey

November
Obama posts record-breaking tweet
Meningitis B vaccine gets approval

December
13 billion-year-old galaxies discovered
Cells from urine transformed into stem cells

 

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